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    Details of this species in Hermite Is.
    Status: Alien
    Invasiveness: Invasive
    Occurrence: Eradicated
    Source: Algar et al. 2002
    Arrival Date:
    Species Notes for this Location:
    Feral cats were probably introduced to Hermite Island from pearling vessels active in the area from the 1860s. Feral cats were also found on Trimouille Island in 1970 and on Bluebell Island in 1985, but were not found in surveys in the 1990s indicating that these populations died out without human intervention.
    Management Notes for this Location:
    In 1999 the ' Montebello Renewal' project set out to eradicate feral cats from Hermite Island, using aerial baiting to remove the majority of cats, with intensive trapping to remove any remaining. The bait contained the toxin 1080, whilst the trapping technique used Victor 'softcatch' traps set in association with either a sound imitating a cat call or a blended mixture of faeces and urine as an attractant. Variations of the standard trap were used towards the end to help offset trap-shyness. The campaign was conducted during mid to late winter, when the availability of prey items was likely to be at a low. Feral cats were confirmed to be eradicated by August 2000. Further feral cat eradication programmes are planned for Faure Island, Garden Island, and Dirk Hartog Island off the Western Australian coast, and for Cocos (Keeling) Island in the Indian Ocean.
    Location Notes:
    The Montebello Islands are a group of over 100 islands, islets and rocks off the coast of Western Australia. Hermite Island is the largest at 1020 ha.
    Last Modified: 15/02/2005 10:14:42 a.m.

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