Journal article

Evaluating and predicting risk to a large reptile (Varanus varius) from feral cat baiting protocols

Tim S Jessop, Michael R Kearney, Joslin L Moore, Tim Lockwood, Michael Johnston



Control of introduced predators to mitigate biodiversity impacts is a pressing conservation challenge. Across Australia feral cats (Felis catus) are a major threat to terrestrial biodiversity. Currently feral cat control is hindered by the limited utility of existing predator baiting methods. Further proposed control methods include use of the novel poison para-aminopropiophenone (PAPP) which may present a hazard to some native animal populations. Here we used experimental and predictive approaches to evaluate feral cat bait take by a large native Australian predatory reptile the Lace monitor (Varanus varius). These lizards would be expected to readily detect, ingest and consume a lethal dos..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

An Early Career Research Award from the University of Melbourne to TSJ. MRK was supported by an Australian Research Council grant DP110102813 facilitating analytical components of this research. The research was carried out under research permits 10005634 from the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria, and Animal Experimental Ethics Committee approval DSE AEC10.15.A (Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria) and 0911328.2 (University of Melbourne). Julie Quinn and Dave Algar provided useful comments on earlier drafts of the manuscript.