Management options for cats by local governments in Australia

Date: 23, Nov, 2021
Author(s):   Sarah Legge, John Woinarski, Jaana Dielenberg, Tida Nou, Georgia Garrard
Publisher: TSR Hub

We surveyed local governments to understand the extent of their current cat management programs, and the key challenges and knowledge gaps that constrain their cat mangement efforts. The survey showed that the legislative frameworks surrounding cat management are extremely variable among states, territories, and local governments, and local governments identified inconsistent legislation between tiers of government as a key barrier to managing cats effectively. Resourcing and infrastructure limitations, and social, cultural, behavioural and legal factors all contributed to the comlexity of cat management.