shows that birds and lizards form a large part of catsí diet (both
domestic and feral). Limiting their impacts, particularly as part of
site-led control programmes, is important for biodiversity protection.
mammals like cats are introduced species. This means native birds have
developed no natural protection against cats; they commonly nest on or
near the ground, and are often flightless or slow. Birds can be curious
about mammals and approach them rather than fleeing. Cats are efficient
hunters, catching and killing birds and other prey whether hungry or
The ARC would
like to investigate options for domestic cat management including
microchip identification, de-sexing, registration, a rule preventing
dumping and cat-free rules for some subdivisions in ecologically
have a significant negative impact on a range of native plants and eat
native snails and frogs. They also damage pristine native fish
environments and carry Bovine Tuberculosis. Pig numbers can increase
when other pest species have been controlled. Pigs have been released
into ecologically significant parks and high recreational use areas.
cockatoos are considered a major pest overseas. They form large flocks
and are a threat to crops. In New Zealand they can displace native kaka,
as well as kereru and bats. They are now forming flocks in the Auckland
The ARC would
like to progressively control wild cockatoos and prohibit their release
into the wild. Keeping pet cockatoos would not be affected.