Country Needs People recently posted on our social media channels about the work many Indigenous ranger groups are doing to control the number of feral cats on country. Rangers undertake strategic and humane feral cat culling to reduce their predatory impact on native wildlife.
There was a range of responses to the social media posts. Most people were supportive (Country Needs People supporters are the best), saying “More rangers, less ferals!” and “At least double [Indigenous ranger] jobs as feral cats are causing havoc.”
There were also a few of supporters who were dismayed Indigenous rangers were culling feral cats. “Instead of killing feral cats”, they said, “we should be focussing on teaching responsible cat ownership,” or, “We should trap, desex and rehome these cats. Not cull them.”
Whilst we understand the sensitivity around cats – after all, cats are humans’ second most popular animal companion – I thought I might clear up some misunderstandings, so Country Needs People supporters understand why the work Indigenous rangers do to control feral cats is so important for the health of our Outback.