Feral Cats PhD Research continunes - 3 collared cats at CDR this morning

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on 13 Mar 2013 
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Mr Tim Doherty from Edith Cowan University in Perth is back out on CDR trapping cats and collaring them with radio trackers. As many of you would be aware Tim has been busy at CDR over the past 12 months collecting data on feral cats mainly using sand pads and motion sensor cameras. Tim has also been undertaking extensive surveys work  on the abundance and diversity of native fauna in the trial areas. It is well known that feral cats predate heavily on our native wildlife. Improved feral cat management is critical in restoring biodiversity in the semi-arid regions.This project was developed with ECU and Bush Heritage ecologists and reserve staff over the past 3 years.

After much preparation Tim caught his first 3 cats in traps today and collared them - the team were very excited. Cats are notoriously difficult to catch and allot of work has gone into seducing the moggies.  There is a team of three working out here at the moment. Tim leading the research, Kate a qualified vet who sedates the felines and Joe a research assistant. Dr Rob Davis, Tims PhD supervisor is also out lending a hand. The information gleaned from the hopefully 15 feral cats to be collared over the next fortnight will give us a much better understanding of feral cat movement and behavior at CDR thus enabling us to tailor control programs more effectively.

In the coming months CDR will be trialing the 1080 eradicat bait.

This work is critical in helping us to fine tune our predator management program which it is hoped will lead to improved level of biodiversity on the Reserve and eventually within the region.

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