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Council to begin feral cat trapping trial

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Ku-ring-gai Council will conduct a three-month feral cat trapping trial in areas of local bushland known to be hotspots for attacks on native animals. The three month trial will commence from Monday 6 May and the results reported back to Council.

Council staff will place cat traps in areas of bushland adjacent to residential areas that have reportedly been the subject of native animal kills by feral cats. Traps will be laid in response to complaints from the public. Nearby property-owners will be notified of the trapping trial and cat-owners are being urged to keep their pets indoors at night and ensure they are microchipped for easy identification. Mayor Jennifer Anderson said any domestic pets trapped during the trial will be safely returned to their owners, providing they can be identified.

“It’s an easy process to have your pet microchipped and it means your cat will have lifetime identification.”

Domestic pets that are not microchipped and caught in traps during the trial will be kept at the Council’s animal pound while attempts are made to contact their owners. Feral cats caught during the trial will be humanely euthanised.

To check whether your pet is microchipped visit www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au<http://www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au> or www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/pets<http://www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/pets> For enquiries about the feral cat trapping trial contact Ku-ring-gai Council’s Companion Animals Officer on 9424 0000 during business hours.

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