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Australia to consider emerging technologies to address the impacts of feral and domestic cats on wildlife

The Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy just announced an inquiry to investigate the impact of feral and domestic cats on native wildlife and habitats in the country. Authorities also aim to evaluate the efficacy, cost-effectiveness and use of current and emerging methods and tools for controlling feral cats, including baiting, the establishment of feral cat-free areas using conservation fencing, and gene drive technology.

Feral cats have played a leading role in most of Australia’s 34 mammal extinctions since the late 1700s. They are also contributing to the population reduction of at least 123 other threatened native species, according to a recent article from The Canberra Times.

More information about the enquiry is available here.

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