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Cameras to monitor foxes and feral cats in the forest

Feral cat monitoring in the northern Jarrah forest
Feral cat monitoring in the northern Jarrah forest

Foxes and feral cats will be monitored with remote infrared camera technology as part of an intensive fox baiting program from north of Dwellingup to south of Collie to protect iconic threatened species including the woylie, numbat and chuditch.

Cameras have been deployed as part of a large study across three 10,000ha sites in the northern jarrah forest, including one area which is aerially baited six times a year and two non-baited control sites, under the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Western Shield animal conservation program.

The cameras will be in place for 12 months and will monitor fox and feral cat activity as well as observe native animals in the area.

Western Shield coordinator Ashley Millar said the camera monitoring would help the Department learn more about the effectiveness of frequent baiting in the northern jarrah forest as well as the wider baiting program across the State.

Western Shield involves recovery actions including extensive fox and feral cat baiting to protect WA’s threatened animals and has helped save many species from extinction in WA,” he said.

“Previous monitoring shows that fox and feral cat baiting is having a positive effect in the areas where the program operates, but it is important to continue trialling the most efficient and effective way to bait in order to protect native animals.

“Results from the camera monitoring and other research being undertaken may result in changes to the program and the improvement of baiting and monitoring.”

It is the first time cameras have been used over this size and scale to monitor foxes and feral cats in the northern jarrah forest.

The camera monitoring is sponsored by BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina, who, along with Alcoa of Australia, support the Western Shield program in the northern jarrah forest.

 

 

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Last modified on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 10:23