Feral Cat Management
► Areas for cat management declared under the Act at St Marys and Fingal.
► Is your pet cat microchipped yet? Get it done for less with a Council microchip and chip registration at the vet clinics in St Helens - only while microchip stocks last!
Feral Cat Management Program
Council is starting up a two pronged cat management program in 2015.
The program addresses both feral cats and responsible care of domestic cats, following the Tasmanian Cat Management Act 2009.
Feral cats impact on native wildlife and pose a disease threat, particularly for livestock farmers. Feral cat problems arise from breeding of both the existing feral cat populations and wandering and abandoned domestic cats. Larger populations are supported where food is plentiful, such as waste disposal sites. Responsible care of domestic cats - including the desexing, microchipping and not letting them roam - is something they deserve and prevents them from contributing to the feral cat population.
Council’s program aims to reduce feral cat numbers at priority sites, hand-in-hand with community consultation and education to improve domestic cat management.
Council hasn’t the capacity or experience to take on the feral cat problem fully on a large scale. In addition the Tasmanian Cat Management Act has been under review by the state government. Council’s program is a modest but meaningful one intended to work with the state legislation progressively from one community, township and feral cat population to another. Experience gained will help shape future development of cat management in the municipality.
St Marys has been identified as a starting point following community reports and requests for action on feral cats around the St Marys waste disposal site and camera monitoring.
A community forum was held in St Marys in April to encourage responsible ownership and care of cats and microchip cats. Feral cat populations will be targeted at the St Marys and Fingal waste disposal sites.
To encourage responsible ownership Council is offering a limited number of free microchips for cats as part of its cat management program, including pet registration with the Australian Animal Registry.
These microchips are available through either veterinary clinic in St Helens. You will have to pay for the Vet’s services (about half the normal price) and numbers are limited. Contact the Vet Clinics to check on availability and talk about desexing with the vet if your cat has not been done yet.
Feral cat control
Council has declared Prohibited Areas and Cat Management Areas under the Cat Management Act 2009 to enable actions to reduce feral cat populations in accordance with the Act. Most Crown Land is already ‘Prohibited Area’ under the Act.
The purpose of the declarations is to control the feral cat problem and promote responsible cat management. Council may undertake trapping, seizing and humane destruction and of cats found in these areas.
Council invited submissions from the community on the proposed areas prior to the declarations.
Council declared land at St Marys and Fingal for cat management at its Meeting on 20 April 2015. A Public Notice was published in The Examiner on 23 April and the declarations take effect from Monday 4 May 2015.
The areas include St Marys and Fingal waste disposal sites, some adjoining private and properties and selected Council properties and reserves in and around the townships of St Marys and Fingal.
Prohibited Areas and are in force for a period of five years. Cats are prohibited from these areas and subject to cat management actions by Council.
Cat Management Areas are are in force for a period of two years. In the Cat Management Areas Council officers and Council’s authorised agents will target feral cats with measures to trap, seize and/or detain and humanely put–down cats.
The areas are shown in the map below (or view on google maps) and for download in the resources list above.
- Promote the welfare and responsible ownership, including the desexing and microchipping, of domestic cats;
- Allow for the humane handling and control of unidentified, stray and feral cats; and
- Reduce the negative effects of cats on the envirionment and agriculture.