Mandurah: forum to control feral cats and pigs


PHCC chief executive Jane O’Malley and member Michael Schultz with S.H.A.R.E presenters Paul Tholen, Carl Grondel, Mike Burkett and Eddie Juras.
PHCC chief executive Jane O’Malley and member Michael Schultz with S.H.A.R.E presenters Paul Tholen, Carl Grondel, Mike Burkett and Eddie Juras.

IN an effort to protect our native animals, the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) presented a community forum on the issue of controlling feral cats and pigs.

More than 40 people attended to hear guest speakers from the Department of Parks and Wildlife and feral animal control contractors on the impacts of feral animals on our 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 organised the Social Help, Action & Resources for Environment 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 to raise awareness of tools such as Feral Cat Scan.

“This is an excellent citizen science app which monitors and tracks sightings of these animals which anyone can use effectively.”

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