The efforts of a WA remote community to protect bilbies from feral cats

Posted September 16, 2018 05:30:39

Photo: A feral cat hunting endangered wildlife — caught on infrared camera going into a bilby burrow. (Supplied: Kiwirrkurra IPA) Related Story: World’s largest fence to save native animal populations from feral cats

In Australia’s most remote community, Kiwirrkurra, there’s an unusual sign in the window of the town’s only shop — an offer of $100 to catch and kill a feral cat.

The desert community in the heart of Western Australia has experienced a spike in the number of the pests in recent years, according to Kate Crossing from the Kiwirrkurra Indigenous Protection Agency.

“Over the last four years that we’ve been recording numbers, we’re up to 100 cats,” she said.

“That’s animals that people have either caught in their own time or caught on ranger trips.”

Traditional hunters have declared war on feral cats to save one of Australia’s most iconic threatened species, and they’ve come up with a unique way of solving the problem.