Wildcats Are Destructive Ile-de-France Victoria Implements Removal Plan | Hunting | National Parks | Endangered Species

[The Epoch Times, January 14, 2022](The Epoch Times reporter Zhou Anzhu, Australia, Melbourne, Australia) According to the “Sun Herald” report, feral cats on the Isle of France in southern Victoria are being tracked, rounded up and hunted. Governing agencies are doing their best to eradicate this destructive animal.

Park Victoria plans to use sniffer dogs and smart cameras to track feral cats for a year after all feral cats have been hunted to ensure they are completely eliminated.

While there are currently fewer than 200 feral cats in the Île-de-France, there are still enough adult cats on the island to reproduce and maintain the population. Authorities are using track dogs to find feral cats and shoot them. Other methods such as baits, traps and nighttime spotlights are also being used.

The operation started in January and will continue until the end of the year. The federal government had set a target to remove feral cats by the end of 2020, but Victoria’s parks agency failed to do so.

Much of the Ile-de-France is a national park and is home to more than 260 species of birds, including the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot and the vulnerable fairy tern. There are other threatened or nearly threatened animals on the island, such as the long-nosed kangaroo.

Responsible editor: Li Xinran

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