News

Plan in motion for Fraser ferals

The DERM photo clearly shows the cat paw print.
The DERM photo clearly shows the cat paw print. DERM

THE release to The Chronicle of a photo of a feral cat on Fraser Island has sent conservations into a spin and the Department of Environment and Resources into damage control mode to try to develop a strategy to contain the cats.

DERM officers originally heard reports from rangers and skilled bushmen working on the island that there were populations of wild cats loose, and that these were possibly breeding.

A professional tracker trailing and trapping dingoes as part of a DERM collaring and satellite tracking program flagged the presence of wild cats in an official report recently after coming across scats and footprints in sand patches.

This contractor, highly regarded by the DERM administrators dealing with environmental issues touching the island, has been given added weight now that photographic evidence has come to light.

“Feral cats are recognised as a significant threat to native wildlife throughout Australia especially animals in the smaller size range such as small macropods, bandicoots, rats, mice, small reptiles and birds,” said Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service regional manager Great Sandy Ross Belcher.

“Past surveys by QPWS of the island’s small animal populations have not indicated any significant effect on their numbers which could be attributed to feral cats.

“We will be undertaking similar surveys this year to provide further information on the populations of potential prey species.

“Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service are currently considering the best way to get a measure of the feral cat population.”

Mr Belcher said people kept cats on the island before most of it was declared a national park and, as has happened in the rest of Australia, these animals could have escaped or been left behind.

Topics:  feral cats, fraser island




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Money pledged for Burrum River bridge feasibility study

BRIDGE FOR BURRUM? If re-elected after polling day on July 2, the federal funds will be given by the Coalition Government to the Fraser Coast Regional Council who will co-ordinate the feasibility study into the project.

For a study coordinated by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

Reece Maughan is Bundaberg's new NRL Rookie

NRL ROOKIE: Reece Maughan. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail

The Easts captain has been selected out of 1300 people for the show.

Sunbury seeks to stop their slide against KSS Jets

Maryborough football / soccer Sunbury versus United Park Eagles -  Sunbury's Lyndon Linwood and UPE's Brendan Davis. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Sunbury have led three of Wide Bay League's best but lost each time.

Latest deals and offers

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 5

Officers drag the woman back to her cell

In this video the woman drinks water from the toilet.

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 4

In this video the woman asks for water as the tap in the room is broken

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 3

In this video police continue their search and male officers are present despite...

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked

Caloundra’s former Centrepoint Buffet site up for sale

FOR SALE: The home of the old Centrepoint Buffet

Restaurant fined for unhygienic practices closed months ago