Feral Cats Devastating Threat

Jan 5, 2013
The Reptile Report
by Robyn

The Reptile Report - The rats never stood a chance. It took a pair of feral cats just four days to gobble an entire population of native pale field rats in a conservation enclosure on the edge of Arnhem Land.

Scientists and ecologists have long suspected feral cats were partly to blame for the dramatic decline of native animals across northern Australia over the past 20 years. But preliminary results from a comprehensive study, funded by the Australian Research Council and led by the non-profit Australian Wildlife Conservancy, reveal just how devastating the predators can be.

”We had strong suspicions they were an issue, but we really needed to confirm that,” said the conservancy’s head scientist, Dr Sarah Legge.

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