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The secret recipe to seducing feral cats? It’s KFC .
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What’s the difference between obscenely hungover people and feral cats?

The unwavering appetite for fried food, of course.

Apparently, Kentucky Fried Chicken happens to be the secret ingredient in helping control the feral feline population, which poses a constant danger to over 100 native species in Australia.

Parks Victoria staff expended A $260( US $193) during seven visits to the same KFC store in a four month period, according to The Guardian . An unnamed Parks Victoria staff member told the news outlet the fast food is “widely known to be the most effective bait for seducing feral cats.”

A feral cat catches and eats a crimson rosella bird at an unknown location in Australia.

Image: AP Photo/ Department of the Environment, C. Potter

Dr Guy Ballard, from the Vertebrate Pest Research Unit at the University of New England, told Mashable via email had reaffirmed that people do indeed use it.

“Although it is not standard practice for our own research group, I’m aware that many people use KFC( or other fried chicken or fish) as a food lure option when trying to trap feral cats in enclosure traps, ” he said.

The revelation goes as the state’s surrounding pastor Lily D’Ambrosio announced an independent review into the authorities’ charge card employ on Monday, citing “a large number” of transactions and cards available to staff.

Feral cats now cover 99.8 per cent of Australia, and have already driven 20 Australian mammals to extinction.

The feral cat population fluctuates “between 2.1 million when times are lean, up to 6.3 million when widespread rain outcomes in plenty of available prey, ” Dr Sarah Legge from The University of Queensland said in a statement.

Hey, whatever works.

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