Title

Response of feral cats to a track-based baiting programme using Eradicat® baits

Document Type

Journal Article

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Natural Sciences

RAS ID

21637

Comments

Originally published as Doherty, T. S., & Algar, D. (2015). Response of feral cats to a track-based baiting programme using Eradicat® baits. Ecological Management & Restoration, 16(2), 124-130. Original article available here

Abstract

The feral Cat (Felis catus) is a significant threat to Australian fauna, and reducing their impacts is considered an essential action for threatened species conservation. Poison baiting is increasingly being used for the broad scale control of feral cats. In this study, we measured the population response of feral cats to a track-based baiting programme using Eradicat® baits in the semi-arid northern wheatbelt region of Western Australia. Over two years, 1500 baits were laid once annually and the response of feral cats was measured using remote cameras in a before–after, control–impact design. There was a significant reduction in feral cat activity in the second year, but not the first. During bait uptake trials, corvids removed the most number of baits, followed by cats and varanids. The lack of a response to baiting in the first year may be due to existing low cat numbers in the baited area and/or the timing of the baiting. We provide a list of key recommendations to help inform future cat baiting programmes and research.

DOI

10.1111/emr.12158

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