5 Franklin St
Dunalley , TAS 7177
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Join us for a free info session on feral cat management with some of the best people in the state! Learn about the impacts of feral cats, what you can do, and recent changes to legislation.
Feral cats not only have a massive impact on wildlife and ecosystems, they also are a major issue for our agriculture. They can carry the diseases Toxoplasmosis and Sarcocystosis (sarco), both of which are contagious to livestock. Toxoplasmosis can cause miscarriage and mortality of new-born animals, and can also affect humans. Sarco can be transmitted from cats to sheep and renders their meat unsuitable for human consumption. Toxoplasmosis is fatal to many native Australian animals, including bandicoots, wombats and birds.
In a study from 2014, 84% of feral cats that were trapped in Tasmania were found to be infected with Toxoplasmosis. And in 2015, DPIPWE estimated the annual losses to our farming sector due to Toxoplasmosis to be approximately $1.7 million.
This info session brings together some of the most knowledgeable and experienced people for feral cats in the state. We will take an in-depth look at how feral cats affect livestock, to understand the issue and how to act against it. Not for profit organisation Ten Lives will showcase their work with local communities to reduce the impact of feral cats. We will get an overview of the legislation on feral cats, including recent changes. The session will end with a demonstration on how to trap cats properly and effectively.
Local Landcare Tasmania groups are running feral cat management programs across the state. This session will inform you about what you can do to help fighting against the issue of feral cats.
Gill Basnett: Gill is the National Feral Cat and Fox Management Coordinator at the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions.
John Bowden: John has many years of working as a feral cat management contractor across Tasmania, and now works also as the feral cat management officer for Latrobe Council.
Bruce Jackson: Bruce is Tasmania’s former senior vet officer at DPIPWE and now works as a vet consultant. He has worked extensively on farm biosecurity and cat borne diseases affecting agriculture.
This event is funded through the State Government's Landcare Action Grants.