Why do Australians have a “great wall” against cats?
In the minds of an ordinary person, seals are cute fuzzies who give love and affection. Meanwhile, on the Green Continent for many years now there has been a severe man’s war with feral cats. There are 20 million of them here, and they are a real threat to the local fauna. That is why in Australia it was necessary to build a giant "anti-coke" fence under tension.
In Australia, there is no more terrible cat than an animal: in the complete absence of natural enemies, a couple of hundreds of cats annihilate 100 thousand rabbits, birds and rodents. According to ecologists, wild cats kill more than 3 million birds, reptiles and mammals every day. Every minute more than 2 thousand small animals perish because of them.
Australian wild cats are descendants of pets of first settlers
Australia has already lost 29 rare animal species due to cats, and 40 species are on the verge of extinction. In 2015, local authorities decided to destroy 2 million cats, but this attempt did not produce a visible result.Alas, there is no effective strategy for fighting cats in Australia right now.
Cats have adapted to the hot conditions of the desert: they do not need water - enough moisture they get from the carcasses of their prey
So far, environmentalists have called the installation of a fence the only way to protect the fauna from cats. This lattice structure with a height of 3 meters, which is energized and stretched for 44 kilometers, surrounding the national reserve Newhaven.
This fence protects the territory not only from cats, but also from foxes and rabbits imported to the continent by Europeans. It is planned to create an area free of predators, covering about 9,400 hectares.
The fencing was installed by the Australian Animal Protection Organization Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), and this is only the first step: Australia plans to build 11 large-scale fenced reserves in total.
This is not the first such experience of Australian environmental organizations: as early as the 1880s, the construction of an enormous net fence was started, which protected sheep pastures from wild Dingo dogs. Today, the length of the Dog Fence, or the Dingo fence, is more than 5,600 kilometers.