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    The neutering is also done to control fox populations

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    A lot of feral tom cats have " F I V " A cat's version of H I V. I think nature has a way eventually of controlling population explosions. Too late though for some species lower on the food chain.

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    Coming in a bit late here, but DO NOT use 'sharps' or normal pointed arrows for shooting at ANY animal. Even broadheads can be problematic, they are supposed to eventually fall out if they don't kill the target but if they hit bone they seem to stay in. For smaller animals such as cats, foxes and pest birds, use 'blunts'. They used to make them from expended rifle cartridges such as .303 and .38 but these are harder to come by these days, so most people use rubber chair leg caps if they don't want to get purpose make blunts from a supplier. You ould even turn your own if that is your thing. Blunts kill by blunt trauma, the arrow does not penetrate and it does not result in a media frenzy when someone gets a picture of something hopping around with a stick through it.

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    nasty.

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    My favorite Feral Cat video .

    Thwack !

    A little strange about the shot description near the end. It was hit on the right side and he is saying he hit it on its left ?
    Even with an arrow like that the cat made it 40 meters after the arrow went straight through it !
    Maybe it missed the vital organs ?



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    I prefer 0.22 rifle, subsonics, hollow point, to the head. Seems to work on the ferals around here, but I swear they are getting bigger year on year.

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    Feral cats close to being eradicated by Indigenous rangers on remote West Island ABC rural

    this is a fantastic story. https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/20...ent-lightbox-6
    Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.

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    Feral cats close to being eradicated by Indigenous rangers on remote West Island ABC rural

    this is a fantastic story. https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/20...ent-lightbox-6
    Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.

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    Got a great trap that Kidbee recommended in post 6 . Nice solid piece of well made trap .

    Cat Trap

    Three days later cat gone . One nasty piece of cat it was too . Wouldnt want to get my hand anywhere near that thing !
    Agro growling and a bit on the dirty looking once I could see into its wet spread fur. All black spotty looking in deep with dirt or something . Cant blame it being agro being all trapped like that . Felt sorry for it . Just kept thinking of the nest of Beautiful Eastern Rosella chicks it ate .

    Any one aware of what sort of area one wild cat may stick to ? 1 sq KM ?
    I reckon its roughly about 1 Km out that Ive seen two others in separate directions .

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    Quote Originally Posted by auscab View Post
    Got a great trap that Kidbee recommended in post 6 . Nice solid piece of well made trap .

    Cat Trap

    Three days later cat gone . One nasty piece of cat it was too . Wouldnt want to get my hand anywhere near that thing !
    Agro growling and a bit on the dirty looking once I could see into its wet spread fur. All black spotty looking in deep with dirt or something . Cant blame it being agro being all trapped like that . Felt sorry for it . Just kept thinking of the nest of Beautiful Eastern Rosella chicks it ate .

    Any one aware of what sort of area one wild cat may stick to ? 1 sq KM ?
    I reckon its roughly about 1 Km out that Ive seen two others in separate directions .
    Nice one, it is good to get rid of them. I think you will find that another cat will move in now that one isn’t there to defend its territory

    On another note, we stayed at a B&B recently and the owner was a mad bird watcher with a particular fondness for rare parrots
    They had a Cat that was free ranging with no bell on its neck which I thought was odd. The next morning I go out the back and it had a wren in its mouth

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    "But my cat doesn't do that type of thing!!!!"
    Pigs might fly according to the cat owner.
    Unless the cat is kept inside ALL the time, it will hunt anything as that's it's nature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beardy View Post
    Nice one, it is good to get rid of them. I think you will find that another cat will move in now that one isnít there to defend its territory

    On another note, we stayed at a B&B recently and the owner was a mad bird watcher with a particular fondness for rare parrots
    They had a Cat that was free ranging with no bell on its neck which I thought was odd. The next morning I go out the back and it had a wren in its mouth
    Used to have cats, hunting can be trained out of them if they are fed well enough, but it does take a fair bit of time, and I wouldn't guarantee that it is effective if they are outside and free. We also feed a fair population of bushy tailed possums that the neighbours developed a hate for because they raided their gardens till we started to feed them, and a variety of native birds. Cat could be laying on the doormat in the sun beside an open sliding door and allow magpies to wander in past it to collect some cat bics from it's bowl just inside the door, then wander back out with it's score. Possums would come to the door and wait a foot away from the cat to get some bread or fruit, no issues. But we would still find the occasional dead bird or animal on the back half of the block occasionally, and were never sure whether it was one of our 'trained' moggies going back to nature or one of the variety of neighbourhood or feral cats in the area that was guilty.

    Our vets thought we had a 'big suckers live' here sign over the house and visible only to animals, most of the cats we had came to live with us from houses within about 50m because they worked out that our cats had it to easy and didn't have to hunt, they would start calling and slowly move in over six or more months, generally totally ignoring their original homes.

    Haven't tried a 5 kg bell on a cat, but all of our 'domesticated' had their collar and bell, but learned very quickly how to move so that the bell was silent and didn't annoy them, so the bell would hardly be a good danger warning for natives or birds.

    Lost all of our moggies within 18 months of moving to Alex due to complications of old age and haven't replaced them as I want the freedom to be able to travel in retirement without needing cat sitters all the time.
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    WARNING, Cat lovers do not read

    Way way back when I was in uni I took a shooting trip with a mate around Taree (heaps of relations down there). After dealing with various foxes/rabbits on the farms I called in on Tuncurry Police station as I heard they had a feral cat issue. They advised various campers used to drop their pet cats at the local tip intending to pick them up after their holiday but if course they disappeared. The police told me the feral cats were such a problem there that they had started attacking kids going to the tip (wanting to pat them).

    Two of us were hired to shoot them with our 222's. We initially used a spotlight and got quite a few, but then set up bottles/TV's as targets (this was back in the late 70's), and found their curiosity drew them out. At the end of the night we'd got 80 and most were diseased in the eye or skin. I remember the biggest Tom we head shot, but even with only 1/2 head left, he was still hissing at me as I approached to finish him. Can't remember how much we got paid, something like 50c a cat, fox's at the time were $1.50 a scalp but you also got good money from the skins too.
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