Since 1996, the Western Australian Government has baited all its National Parks and Forest Reserves with meat laced with the toxic poison, 1080, in order to attempt to control these introduced predators from killing the native wildlife.
There are two types of traps used for catching feral cats.
A leg-hold trap is used on true feral cats (cats that donít rely on humans or not found in urban areas). This type of trap has rubber-jaws so it does not hurt the cat. The ideal areas to put these traps are near territorial boundaries and the markers. The perfect thing to draw the cat to the trap is a visual stimulus such as some bird feathers on a stick above the trap.
A Treadle box trap is used on semi-feral cats. Semi-feral cats are found in urban areas but are not owned. A bait is placed in the wire box far enough that it cannot be reached by clawing at it. When the cat is inside the box and grabs the bait, the box door closes and traps the cat inside. The bait is usually fish or cat food meat.
The hunting or shooting of feral cats generally takes place during night as true feral cats are nocturnal. The green glow of the catís eyes in dark helps the hunters see them more easily. The feral catís eyes glow so they can see in the dark. Feral cats also respond to a fox whistle.
In 1998 a massive Eradication Program of feral cats on Macquarie Island, south of Tasmania, began. By 2000 the Island was declared cat free by the Tasmanian Government.
Immunocontraception (fertility) is being investigated for many feral animals, but if it is going to be contagious, it wonít be a very practical method. Feral cats are widely distributed throughout the country and do not have much contact with humans or other cats. They do not take to baits and are not seasonal breeders. Therefore Immunocontraception is not a very logical control method for the Feral Cat, unlike the Fox or Rabbit.