Feral cats are a significant pest species in Australia and have had catastrophic impacts on Australia’s native fauna since populations became established.
Predation by feral cats is one of the greatest threats to Australia’s land-based mammals and is implicated in the involvement of at least 27 mammal species extinctions. Feral cats are one of the greatest threats to native wildlife on French Island.
The lead up to, and as part of, the Feral Cat Free French Island project, the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA has been working with Parks Victoria, French Island Landcare Group, Zoos Victoria and expert consultants to monitor the impact of feral cats across French Island.
The project team deployed 60 remote cameras across the island to help determine feral cat distribution and abundance.
The initial monitoring for this project was funded through the Australian Government’s Office of the Threatened Species Commissioner. The current project is supported by Port Phillip & Westernport CMA through funding from the Australian Government, the Victorian Government and Zoos Victoria in partnership with Parks Victoria, French Island Landcare Group and Phillip Island Nature Parks.