Feral cat numbers down on 2017 highs but Wagga residents cautioned to stay alert

KILLER PEST: Feral cats plagued the Riverina in 2017, hunting native animals and birds en masse.
KILLER PEST: Feral cats plagued the Riverina in 2017, hunting native animals and birds en masse.

The feral cat scourge of early 2017 is yet to hit Wagga but council staff are encouraging residents to mind their feline friends over summer.

Stray pussies were the bane of many Riverina households last year, however, Wagga city compliance coordinator Brett Burt said seasonal numbers had thus far been relatively stable.

“Council is currently not experiencing an influx of cats that would be classified as feral,” he said.

Under the Companion Animals Act 1998, council rangers are not permitted to capture roaming cats.

In lieu of enforcement officers, Mr Burt encouraged pet owners to take care of their charges to ensure numbers stay low.

“Council strongly encourages responsible pet ownership for all domestic animals. In the case of cats, to prevent unwanted litters, owners are encouraged to keep cats inside at night and not allow them to roam, and to always desex and microchip the animal,” he said.

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