Australia uses poison sausages to tackle feral cat problem

Australia has eliminated an estimated 211,560 feral cats since it decided in 2015 to kill 2 million of them by 2020. The cats prey on threatened rodent and marsupial species native to the country. As part of their effort to eradicate the cats, wildlife managers have dropped lethal bait in the form of sausages laced with poison. But that’s only one way Australians are tackling feral cats. They are also trapping and shooting them, and they’re looking at other ways of distributing poison to the species. The strategies have caused some contention among animal rights groups and other members of the public.

Read more in The New York Times Magazine.


Header Image: Feral cats in Australia prey on threatened rodents and marsupials. ©Daniel Ramirez