The Scientific Committee of the NSW Department of Environment and heritage, established by the Threatened Species Conservation Act, has made a Final Determination to list Predation by the Feral Cat as a KEY THREATENING PROCESS on Schedule 3 of the Act. Listing of Key Threatening Processes is provided for by Part 2 of the Act. They determined that the feral cat is a common but elusive predator that occurs throughout Australia and on many offshore islands. It was introduced to Australia with the First Fleet in 1788.
The Feral Cat is carnivorous and capable of killing vertebrates up to 2-3kg. Preference is shown for mammals weighing less than 220g and birds less than 200g but reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates are also eaten. Carrion and other scavenged material is taken if live prey is not available.
Predation by Feral Cats has been implicated in the extinction and decline of many species of mammals and birds on islands around Australia and in other parts of the world, and in the early extinction of up to seven species of small mammals on the Australian mainland.
Based on a rank-scoring system that predicts the susceptibility of native vertebrate species to predation from Feral Cats (Dickman 1996), several Endangered and Vulnerable species in New South Wales are currently threatened.
Many other native species are potentially at risk of becoming threatened as a result of Cat predation. Small mammals such as rodents, dasyurids, burramyids and ground-nesting birds are at particular risk.
Whilst feral cats may not be such a problem in urban areas, Eradicate Pest Control is able to humanely cull this predator in rural, semi-rural and state forest areas.
Our professional shooters always operate with all the required licenses and permits.