Feral cats (Felis catus) and black rats (Rattus rattus) became established on the Montebello Islands, an archipelago of about 100 islands, islets and rocks off the Pilbara coast of Western Australia, during the late 19th century. They were probably introduced from pearling vessels. The largest island in the group is Hermite at 1020 ha. Three species of native mammals and two birds became extinct well before the British used the islands for testing nuclear weapons in the 1950s. Montebello Renewal (part of the ‘Western Shield’ fauna recovery programme) aims to eradicate feral animals from, and reintroduce and introduce threatened animals to the Montebellos.
|Author||Algar, D. A., Burbidge, A. A. and Angus, G. J.|
|Secondary title||International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives|
|Publisher||IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group|