Controlling Stray and Feral Cats
Stray and feral cats pose a risk to Tasmania's environment and agricultural sector. Research shows some impacts on local wildlife populations from cat predation and disease transmission. Cats may act as a vector for the introduction of diseases into livestock.
While responsible pet ownership prevents the introduction of more cats into the environment, the existing feral population is believed to be self-sustaining and eradication is not feasible. A Cat Management Plan is being developed in consultation with key industry, community and research partners to better understand and mitigate these impacts. The Department is supporting ongoing research by the University of Tasmania into the impact of feral cats - register to receive Eradicate, to keep up to date on this ongoing work.
The Cat Management Act 2009 allows for 'cat management actions' within 'prohibited areas' such as Crown Land, private timber reserves, reserved land and land subject to a conservation covenant under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 and State Forests and Reserves. This allows for ongoing control activities such as humane destruction and trapping of cats found in those areas by managers of that land.
The owner of private land, or someone acting on their authority, may trap, seize or humanely destroy a cat found:
All control activities must be conducted in accordance with the Cat Management Act 2009 and the Animal Welfare Act 1993. Penalties apply for inhumane activities and other breaches of those Acts.
Contact: Invasive Species EnquiriesInvasive Species Branch
171 Westbury Road
PROSPECT TAS 7250
Phone: 03 6336 5320
Fax: 03 6336 5453
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