Mandurah: forum to control feral cats and pigs


Peel-Harvey Catchment Council chief executive Jane O’Malley and member Michael Schultz with Share presenters Paul Tholen, Carl Grondel, Mike Burkett and Eddie Juras.
Peel-Harvey Catchment Council chief executive Jane O’Malley and member Michael Schultz with Share presenters Paul Tholen, Carl Grondel, Mike Burkett and Eddie Juras.

THE Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) presented a community forum on controlling feral cats and pigs in an effort to protect native animals.

More than 40 people attended to hear speakers from the Department of Parks and Wildlife and feral animal control contractors on the impacts of feral animals on native species, and effective methods of controlling them to reduce impacts to native wildlife and agricultural productivity.

PHCC regional landcare facilitator Luke Rogers, who helped organise the Social Help, Action & Resources for Environment (Share) event, said the topic resonated with both town and country dwellers.

“We wanted to move the focus slightly from regional areas to the urban and peri-urban landscape as we know the issue of feral animals is impacting across the landscape, not only on agricultural properties,” he said.

“Many residents are aware of potential impacts, especially of feral cats, and are keen to understand acceptable methods of control and tools to control them.

“The event helped raise awareness of tools such as Feral Cat Scan, an excellent citizen science app, which monitors and tracks sightings of these animals.”

For more details, email Luke.Rogers@peel-harvey.org.au.