The Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife spent the past decade developing Eradicat to make it appeal to finicky feline palates. Sodium fluoroacetat (1080) is considered a good solution because it is made from plants and according to Dr. Tony Buckmaster of the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Center at the University of Canberra. “this means that many native animals in WA have an innate resistance to the toxin, which is something that the invasive predators do not have.” Other cat-control techniques such as shooting, trapping, and fencing will need to continue. The Australian charity The World League for Protection of Animals calls 1080 poison “cruel and indiscriminate” and says it can damage ecosystems in which it is applied.
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