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Western Shield is actively reducing the impact of threat of foxes and feral cats on WA's native animals, particularly threatened species.

It focuses on controlling these introduced predatorsthrough baiting with the poison 1080 across nearly 3.9 million hectares of national parks and other conservation reserves.

Introduced killers

European red fox (Vulpes vulpes):
   Foxes were deliberately released into Victoria in the 1860s for fox-hunting.
   The fox is a highly adaptive and mobile predator.
   It followed the spread of the introduced rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus).

The arrival of the fox in the south-west in the late 1920s coincided with a steep decline in the numbers of smaller native mammals.

Cats (Felis catus)

  • Cats arrived in Australia with European settlement and now occur across Australia.
  • Feral cats pose a substantial threat to our native animals, particularly in arid and semi-arid areas where foxes are less common.

Fox and cat control is essential to the recovery of wildlife in Western Australia.

European red fox. Photo - DBCA
Feral cat. Photo - DBCA