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On-ground Action on Feral cats


Research published this week demonstrates that feral cats kill nearly 600 million reptiles every year (more than 1.5 million reptiles every day). Feral cats also kill one million birds and one million mammals every day. Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is leading the way in reducing the impact of feral cats.

In the Pilliga State Conservation Area and National Park, in northern New South Wales, AWC is about to complete the construction of a 32 kilometre feral-proof fence, which will enable the establishment of a 5,800 hectare fox and cat-free area. Working in partnership with the NSW Government (under the Saving our Species program) this will be the first feral cat-free area in a NSW National Park, paving the way for the return of at least six threatened mammal species - all of which are listed as extinct in NSW. The first species to be reintroduced in the Pilliga will be the Greater Bilby, scheduled for November 2018.


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