Wildlife Gardeners - North American Wildlife Gardening  

Go Back   Wildlife Gardeners - North American Wildlife Gardening > Invasive Species > Invasive Fauna

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-25-2010, 10:06 AM   #1
WG Staff
Staff's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Default Effects of sterilization on movements of feral cats at a wildland–urban interface

Effects of sterilization on movements of feral cats at a wildland–urban interface
Darcee A. Guttilla and Paul Stapp*
Department of Biological Science, California State University, Fullerton, CA 92834-6850, USA
Journal of Mammalogy / April 2010 / pg(s) 482-489

BioOne Online Journals - Effects of sterilization on movements of feral cats at a wildland–urban interface
Trap–neuter–release (TNR) programs, in which feral cats are sterilized and fed in unconfined colonies, have been advocated as a humane and effective way to reduce the impacts of feral cats on native wildlife. Little is known, however, about the effects of sterilization on feral cat movements and space use, particularly where colonies are located near natural areas. We determined home-range area and overlap and characterized the long-range movements of 14 sterilized and 13 intact radiocollared cats on Catalina Island, California, from 2002 to 2004. Male home ranges were significantly larger than those of females, but no significant differences were revealed in home-range areas or overlap between sterilized and intact cats. Cats regularly moved between natural habitats in the interior of the island and human-populated areas regardless of sex or treatment status, although most (68%; 17/25) of the cats that moved long distances were female. Island-wide, the cat population was estimated to be 600–750 cats, with >70% associated with developed areas, including existing TNR colonies. The influx of subsidized cats to natural habitats, combined with their high vagility and low trappability, makes TNR an unlikely solution for controlling feral cats on a large, rugged island like Catalina and, more generally, in other locations where human populations abut ecologically sensitive areas.
The tendency of man's nature to good is like the tendency of water to flow downwards.
Staff is offline   Reply With Quote

cats, control, effects, feral, feral cats, interface, movements, sterilization, sterilized, tnr, trap–neuter–release, wildland–urban

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:04 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2