Project start date: 18/07/2022
Project end date: 31/12/2026
NESP funding: $194,504 (GST-exclusive)
Feral cats (Felis catus) and red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) inflict unsustainable damage on many of Australia’s threatened species but land managers lack clear guidance on how to implement best-practice management of these pests.
Feral cats are inflicting unsustainable damage on threatened species. Photo: Northern Territory Government.
The Threatened Species Strategy Action Plan 2021–2026 identifies best-practice management of cats and foxes in its Targets 1 and 2, so it is urgent that land managers, especially those focused on priority species and priority places, have clear guidance on how to plan, implement and review their programs.
Research into feral-cat management is active in most Australian states and territories, so the project is working with expert practitioners to describe the elements that constitute best-practice management of feral cats and red foxes for a range of functional groupings (e.g. by ecoregion and management problem). The project is also collaborating with these experts to clearly identify vital knowledge gaps that should become the focus for research that is improving feral-cat and red-fox management outcomes.
The project is being conducted in 2 discrete phases:
The 2-step process above will then be repeated for red-fox management.
Key research areas include:
To address this challenge and equip land managers with information and tools for best-practice management of feral cats and red foxes, this project aims to support research users by:
The project is being led by Associate Professor Guy Ballard and Dr Annalie Dorph from the University of New England. This project is collaborating with other projects from the Resilient Landscapes Hub and will be contributing to one of the cross-cutting initiatives: