Predation by feral cats

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2008

Threat abatement plan

This threat abatement plan (TAP) establishes a national framework to guide and coordinate Australia's response to the impacts of feral cats on biodiversity. It identifies the research, management and other actions needed to ensure the long-term survival of native species and ecological communities affected by predation by feral cats. It replaces the threat abatement plan for predation by feral cats published in 1999 (EA 1999a).

This plan should be read in conjunction with the publication Background document for the threat abatement plan for predation by feral cats (DEWHA 2008). The background document provides information on feral cat characteristics, biology and distribution; impacts on environmental, economic, social and cultural values; and current management practices and measures.

Review status

The 2008 threat abatement plan predation by feral cats has been reviewed by the department as required under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The actions that have been undertaken to abate the threat from feral cats as identified through the actions, goals and objectives of the threat abatement plan have been assessed. The Minister has determined that a varied plan will be the most feasible, effective and efficient way to abate the threatening process. A draft variation will be available for public comment in March 2015. The 2008 plan remains in place, until such time as a varied plan is made, the plan sunsets (2018) and/or the Minister decides not to have a threat abatement plan for this key threatening process.

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