A pretty crazy show on Radio National with Dr Arian Wallach and Andrew Cox from the Invasive Species Council (ISC) with Dr Wallach suggesting we accept and embrace wild cats within our environment... It is fairly obvious Dr Wallach has no idea or clearly has no understanding of the unbelievable damage they are causing in regards to species loss and extinction. I am actually surprised that Radio National would cover such a ridiculous argument... Click here to listen
The only point Dr Wallach seems to have a wee bit of understanding of is the fact that the re-introduction of dingos "may" in some way help to abate the hugely increasing numbers of cats. A similar point has also been argued with the re-introduction of Tasmanian Devils to the mainland which is apparently going to take place in Wilsons Prom at some point in the future, the sooner the better I say.
The program certainly gives the listener an idea of how troubling this problem is and difficult to address, having spent a great deal of time in my 42 years in the outback I know from experience these critters are damn hard to come by, they are cunning and tricky and we will never be rid of them entirely I suspect or at least not in the near future without some kind of gene structured disease or fertility control introduced into the population (another argument altogether which could be highly dangerous and spread to other species or completely fail like myxomatosis) but we certainly need in some way to try and control the numbers.
We are now entering the second wave of extinctions in Australia which will be far worse than the first...