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New measures to protect native wildlife in CQ

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New thermal cameras are being used at Taunton National Park in Central Queensland to help rangers find and remove feral cats.

It's hoped the $6,000 technology will enable them to protect threatened species, like the bridled, nail-tailed wallaby and several bird species.

Ranger in Charge Sam Richards says the cameras don't disturb the native wildlife but can find their predators.

“Feral cats are extremely cunning but they’re also very cautious... wary of sound and smells and will flee whenever they feel threatened," Mr Richards says.

He says rangers can identify feral cats with the thermal camera, and remove them from the area.

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Image: Department of Environment and Science