feral traps and flotation process baskets

feral traps and flotation process baskets

Trapping of feral cats using cage traps PestSmart

Feral cats prey upon a wide range of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects. In some areas of Australia, especially many of the offshore islands, feral cats represent a significant threat to vulnerable and endangered native fauna. They may also have an indirect adverse impact on wildlife and livestock through the transmission of diseases such as toxoplasmosis and sarcosporidiosis. A variety of control methods have been used including shooting, trapping, poison baiting and exclusion fencing. Although cage trapping is considered an ineffective tool for large areas, it may be useful in urban/residential areas where domestic cats are present, or where populations have already been reduced and individual cats need to be targeted. In urban/residential areas, cage traps are preferred over leg hold traps as fewer injuries are sustained, non target animals can be released unharmed and trapped feral cats can be transported away from the area for euthanasia. Soft net traps may also u...

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Impact on target animals

1. Feral cats are likely to suffer distress from being confined in a cage trap and they can sometimes be injured while trying to escape. Facial injuries are common. 2. Traps must be inspected daily to prevent suffering and possible death from exposure, dehydration, starvation and/or shock. 3. It is preferable to set up traps at sites where vegetation can provide shade and shelter. 4. Shade cloth or hessian can be for used for protection during extremes of weather. In hot weather, water should...

Impact on non target animals

1. Traps are not target specific, therefore other species such as birds and reptiles may be caught. Traps must not be set near areas that are regularly frequented by non target species. 2. Live non target animals caught in traps must be examined for injuries and signs of illness or distress and dealt with as follows: 3. Animals which are unharmed or have only received minimal injuries such as minor cuts or abrasions should be immediately released at the site of capture. 4. Animals which have...

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Traps

1. Wire mesh cage traps are used. These can be obtained from commercial suppliers and are available in a variety of sizes . The traps have a spring door that is activated either by a treadle plate or hook mechanism. Only traps with treadle plates are recommended for catching cats as the hook mechanism can cause injuries to the trapped and handling and/or transferring of the is easier through the rear p...

Lures

1. A variety of olfactory, visual or auditory stimuli may be used to lure cats into the trap. Olfactory lures include synthetic fermented egg, catnip, tuna oil, urine and anal gland preparation and also soiled litter from a cattery. Visual lures such as bird feathers and cotton wool can be used, although these may not be needed if the trap is clearly visible or the meat bait has a strong odour. calling machines or field attraction phonic devices, which emit a meowing sound,...

Meat baits

1. A handful of meat bait is placed at the rear of the cage. 2. Rabbit, chicken , beef, fish, lamb, kangaroo, tinned food, sardines and tuna have all been successfully used as bait. 3. Capture efficiency may be improved by using bait that reflects the cats staple prey for the area rather than being novel. 4. Attractiveness and palatability of the bait will vary with season and location.

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Selection of trap sites

1. Traps should be set in areas where cats are known to be active and may be placed under bushes, beside vehicle tracks and at rabbit warrens. 2. The location of all trap sites must be accurately recorded. This information should be readily available to others in case the trapper is unable to return to check the traps. 3. Do not place traps in areas where they may be interfered with /damaged by large stock or humans.

Placing and setting the trap

1. Before setting each trap ensure that it is functioning properly. 2. It may be useful to partially enclose the trap in a large hessian bag to prevent the cats from attempting to take the bait through the side or back of the trap. This also helps to reduce the visibility of bait to non target species such as raptors and corvids. 3. Cage traps should be set squarely on the ground and the doors of the trap bent upward to increase the openness of the trap space. 4. The trap should be pegged to...

Identification of feral cats

1. Feral cats are similar in appearance to domestic cats; however when in good physical condition, the feral has increased overall muscle development, which is especially noticeable around the head, neck and shoulders, giving the animal a more robust appearance. 2. Feral cats are predominately short haired with coat colours ranging between ginger, tabby, tortoiseshell, grey and black. White markings may be present, particularly on the chest, paws and abdomen, but completely white cats are...

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