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08 NEWS THURSDAY OCTOBER 5 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Feral cats slay birds by millions JUDITH AISTHORPE Minister taking fire from hunters MAX Congdon is 78 and has done 60 duck seasons. He says he would back his knowledge of waterfowl ahead of Environment Minister Lauren Mosss any day. He accused the Minister of blindly following the advice of her department rather than meeting with the right stakeholders before implementing a three-bag limit for magpie geese for the hunting season that opens on October 27. The Minister should have done what was promised by the Government and that is to consult with the right people. This did not happen, he said. Minister Moss said the Government consulted mango farmers prior to the decision. Government consulted mango farmers prior to the announcement, she said. We have since met with the NT Field and Game (Association) and have committed to more consultation ahead of next years season. Mr Congdon accused the Minister of running scared on the issue because she had not personally responded to letters he wrote seeking comments on his waterfowl science. I think the Minister refuses to answer my letters because she fears the quality of her advice is poor and my evidence proves it, he said. The geese are there, they are powerful flyers and they move to a different habitat. The aerial surveys are outdated and they admit an error factor of hundreds of thousands. The Ministers science is not science it is a working hypothesis with a high amount of guesswork and speculation. Ms Moss said she would respond to Mr Congdon and remained firm that the NTs magpie goose population was the lowest on record, with a 45 per cent reduction on 2016. The scientific research and analysis is clear action must be taken now to allow the magpie goose population to recover, she said. If we do not take action now there is a risk that future seasons may have to be cancelled. GARY SHIPWAY More than one million native Australian birds are killed each day by cats Picture: AAP IMAGE NSW poised to impose Lottoland ban LOTTOLAND faces a ban in NSW, with the State Government planning a crackdown on synthetic lotteries. The Government is poised to announce that it will take steps to restrict the operation of synthetic lotteries, which is also likely to prompt questions about the future of the commercial partnership forged between Lottoland and the Manly Sea Eagles. Manlys deal with the company involved the renaming of Brookvale Oval to Lottoland. Newsagents have been vocal critics of Lottoland, which describes itself as a global leader in online lottery betting, and have expressed concern about the companys impact on small businesses. Headquartered in Gibraltar, Lottoland also has offices in Sydney and Darwin. Lottoland is licensed in the Territory. EACH day one million native birds die as a result of feral cats, new research reveals. In a year feral cats kill 316 million birds, while pet cats kill 61 million birds. The research was conducted by Charles Darwin University lead researcher Professor John Woinarski and Australian National University associate professor Sarah Legge, who published a paper in journal Biological Conservation. Prof Legge said the sheer loss of bird life had been a surprise to the researchers. Their study also found that ground-dwelling birds and those living in arid areas were three times more likely to be killed by cats than birds living in coastal areas. On the coast of Australia 18 birds are killed per square kilometre a year and in the centre its 58, she said. She said native Central Australian birds such as the western ground parrot and the night parrot were probably highly susceptible to cats because they lived on the ground in arid Australia. The researchers also discovered the number of feral cats in Australia was between 2.1 million and 6.3 million, not the estimated 15-18 million. We know cats have had a devastating effect on wildlife. If anything finding that there were fewer cats shows that the impact of each cat is greater, Prof Legge said. From the paper the researchers are hoping that more will be done to stop feral cats, such as supporting ranger groups that hunt them. Office snacks piling on the calories FORGET ladies who lunch it seems that nowadays it is more likely to be ladies who munch. A survey has found that snacking in the office really adds up to an astonishing 100,000 extra calories a year. This average total consumed annually in crisps, cakes, sweets, chocolate and milky or sugary drinks by women at work is equivalent to an additional 50 days food intake. The indulgence was revealed by a survey of 1000 women for Dutch organic food maker Kallo. Respondents ad mitted eating an extra 2240 calories every week on average or 100,800 total extra calories over the 45 working weeks in a year. 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