Across northern Australia quolls have been severely impacted by cane toads and feral cats. The Pilbara is an important region for Northern Quolls, as it is still cane toad free. A large scale feral cat baiting program is being undertaken by the WA Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) in partnership with Rio Tinto.
The TSR hub is undertaking research on some of the ways that Northern Quolls are responding to the program and also ways that cat baiting could be optimised, both in the Pilbara and in other regions to benefit threatened and other native species. The work is being undertaken through a PhD project by Billy Ross from Charles Darwin University.
Read more about the research here.
Top Image: Northern Quoll. Photo: Nicolas Rakotopare
We are receiving an additional $2 million to deliver science to support wildlife and habitat recovery efforts following Australia’s bushfire crisis. The rapid rollout of work now faces the added and acute challenge of COVID-19.
Predation by cats is a key threat to at least 123 threatened species in Australia. Better understanding and reducing the impact of feral cats on susceptible wildlife has been a major area of research for the hub.
One of the post-fire challenges to population recovery that many native species will face is increased risk of predation, including by introduced foxes and cats.
Chief Science Officer John Kanowski and Regional Ecologist SW Michael Smith from the Australian Wildlife Conservancy discuss the far-reaching work their team is doing to protect vulnerable mammals from introduced predators.
Oliver Tester from the Office of the Threatened Species Commissioner tells us about the Australian Government’s action on feral cats.