Status: In Progress

Start date: 1 July 2023

Completion date: 30 June 2025

Project code: A-044

Species: European foxes, Feral cats

Summary

Since 2021, the Australian Government has funded the Centre’s National Feral Cat and Fox Management Coordinator program to communicate and drive the adoption of humane and effective feral cat and fox control on a national, regional and local scale to reduce their impacts on threatened species, other native wildlife, agriculture and human health.

Program activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating and supporting cross-tenure national feral cat and fox management across all states and territories, by raising awareness and promoting and supporting best practice tools for effective and humane control of feral cats and foxes, to reduce their impact on agricultural production and the environment including seeking to improve inclusion and consideration of First Nations communities.
  • Supporting ongoing community-led best practice feral cat and fox management programs and the establishment of new ones.

Key achievements

Outputs

Outcomes

  • Delivered a net present value of $101.71 million and a benefit-cost ratio of about 19.3:1 as part of the Centre’s National Community Engagement Coordinator Model between 2017-18 and 2022-23.
  • Broad-based, ongoing community engagement to promote best practice management, including through community information events Australia-wide.

Impact

  • National Feral Cat and Fox Management Online Forums well attended and attracting thousand of views online.
  • Establishing demonstration sites to increase awareness of effective management techniques.

Project team

Gillian Basnett

Project Lead

Thomas Nelson

This project is funded by the Australian Government.