Mating odour to catch feral cats

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Sir – Attached is a photo of feral cat number 19 [on my rural residential property] for the year.

 

I really don’t understand why the powers that be are not using their natural mating behaviour to control their numbers.

 

Like all animals they respond to the mating pheromones and gather for that reason.

 

A friend made big money 40 years ago by dragging a vixen in season behind his ute and then bating the trail with 1080.

 

He subsequently built a unit in Surfers from the proceeds.

 

We have all heard dingoes seeking a mate but no one looks at that as a means of controlling wild dog numbers.

 

Twice I have seen large numbers of feral camels – up to 400 or 500 – gathered for mating , yet no one seems  to be looking at their natural  mating behaviour as a means of controlling their numbers.

 

Re use of camels, can I suggest we look at CAMELICIOUS in the UAR and then ask why not here?

 

Trevor Shiell

Alice Springs

 

 

 

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  1. Trevor Shiell
    Posted June 18, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Last year I lost 16 prize chooks to wild dogs, and then the feral cats got in and took the replacement chickens.
    Using the same cat trap and chook pellets I have caught 10 rabbits so far and fed them to the crocodile as dessert.
    The ears from most of those cats have gone to genetic research interstate to trace their origin and hopefully to eventually research into reducing their numbers.
    And with all the ferals we have here, I still don’t understand why the CRC for research into feral animal control appears to be based in Tasmania.
    It obviously should be here, but we are further away by far, than the deer, goats etc which are right under the public and political eye.

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  2. Ralph Folds
    Posted June 17, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Cats roam and I wonder how many much-loved pet cats have ended up on this rural property.
    Cats should always be trapped and taken to the local shelter.
    Shelter staff and volunteers will then check for a microchip to see if there is a registered owner and advertise online to try to re-home. They are dealt with humanely at all times.

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  3. Hal Duell
    Posted June 17, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    I agree, look at Camelicious. And not just milk, but meat and hides as well.
    The time is not yet right for this, but with global weather patterns changing yearly, the time will come when Australia will de-stock cattle and sheep in large swathes of the Outback and restock with camels and goats.
    Let’s hope we don’t shoot them all out as feral pests before we need them.
    And then plow in all the cotton fields and replant with hemp for a better fibre from less water and fewer chemicals.

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  4. Karen
    Posted June 17, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    1080: Im sure as hell wouldn’t want my pet dogs to eat any bait. It was stolen. I still haven’t heard if it was ever recovered or culprits caught. We also have a major rabbit explosion about which nothing seems to be done.

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  5. Psuedo Guru
    Posted June 17, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Feral cats destroy native animals. NT must destroy feral cats.

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