Everybody is, of course, devastated by the terrible loss and suffering of our wildlife in the current horrendous bushfires. Looking forward, however, we need to plan for the recovery of wild animal populations and the restoration of their habitats.
One of the major threats to successful recovery will be the invasion of feral species. Cats and foxes, for instance, are rarely found within intact native forests. Rather they inhabit the borders and disturbed ground. The current bushfires effectively open up vast areas for their invasion.
More information can be found in this media release from the Invasive Species Council: