As many of you may have already seen via social media outlets or even your local news Australia has developed a plan to cull more than 2 million Feral Cats by the year 2020. At the center of the controversy, stands an Australian Bowhunter by the name of Zach Slattery. Slattery was featured on a local news program that dealt with the feral cat problem and effective ways to manage this threat to Australia’s wildlife. Since the debut of the program, Slattery has received harassing correspondence from wildlife advocates and even has received physical threats including threats of physical dismemberment and death.
Zach Slattery is an accomplished bowhunter who hunts many of the species Australia has to offer including feral goats, feral turkeys, rabbits, foxes, fallow/red deer, and yes CATS! You may be asking why anyone would knowingly harm a cat. Well the answer is simple really. Feral Cats in Australia are one of the worst invasive species in the world. The indigenous wildlife in Australia are being threatened do to the growing feral cat populations. Feral Cats are direct threats to 124 of Australia’s indigenous species that are already classified by the Australian government as threatened (mostly due to feral cat predation).
Slattery and his group of friends are practicing sound wildlife management strategies by helping to reduce the population of these invasive and threatening creatures. A single feral cat can kill an average of five animals a night. These animals range from lizards all the way up to small mammals and medium sized birds.
While researching this article, I reached out to Zach via Facebook and discussed his background in hunting. Zach is an accomplished outdoorsman with both a firearm and bow in hand. He began Archery hunting 7 years ago and finally harvested his first cat last year. Since the cats have gone feral they act just as any other predator on the food chain. They are wary of hunters and this is no different that hunting foxes and coyotes here in the states. Feral Cats are having the same effect on Australian Wildlife that Coyotes have on North American small game.
What Zach and his fellow hunters are doing is in no way animal cruelty and should not be looked at in a displeasing light. We as hunters and fellow wildlife conservationists should rally behind Zach and show him the support that he deserves. So let’s share this article, post that you support him and his actions, and let’s show the anti-hunting community that hunters are true wildlife conservationists. We should not stand for attacks against one of our own by a group of people who claim to be conservationists. Reach out and let’s show Zach that he is not alone!
Zach has created a Facebook page titled. This is a great place to show your support and follow his amazing adventures down under.
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