Feral cats have been implicated in the extinction of up to 25 native mammals since their introduction over 200 years ago. Devouring up to 30 small mammals per night they are estimated to kill 75 million animals per year.
The problem for conservation land managers is a feral species that is hard to trap, bait or monitor.
On Pullen Pullen Reserve in south-west QLD, land managers are deploying an arsenal of feral cat controls in a plight to protect the night parrot, one of the world’s most elsuive birds thought once to be extinct. Conditions are harsh and the land mass to cover is overwhelming, requiring dedication and above-all, patience.