Kakadu’s feral cat experiment

Hopefully this will give some real, science based information as opposed to the claptrap (thats an old fashioned term for bull crap) being bandied about by cat haters. IOf I can track any of the findings of this project I will re-blog them.

Parks Australia

There was excitement in the air today as a team of people from Parks Australia, NT Government and Charles Darwin Uni along with traditional owners, students and volunteers drove large animals  out of a cat-proof area in Kakadu National Park near Kapalga – and closed the gates.

It’s all part of an intensive effort to better understand what role feral cats play in the decline of small mammals across northern Australia.

This is the second Kakadu area to be fenced off — each larger than 50 football fields in size. The clever design prevents cats from entering but allows small native animals to continue to move through the area unrestricted.

While the cat exclosures are not a long term solution to small mammal decline in the north, the project will help us understand how species recover when the predators are not around.  The exclosures will all be  monitored by state-of-the-art…

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