publication . Article . 2011

Managing feral cats on a university's campuses: how many are there and is sterilization having an effect?

Amanda L. Jones; Colleen T. Downs;
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  • Published: 20 Sep 2011 Journal: Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, volume 14, pages 304-320 (issn: 1088-8705, eissn: 1532-7604, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Abstract
Worldwide domestic and feral cat (Felis catus) numbers have increased. Concerns regarding high populations of feral cats in urban areas include wildlife predation, public nuisance, and disease. This study aimed to estimate the size of the feral cat population on 5 campuses of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, to determine whether sterilization has an effect and to make management recommendations. The study used both the total count and mark-recapture methods to estimate the feral cat population on each campus. The study chose a noninvasive method of taking photographs to “mark” individuals and record those who were sterilized. The study estimated a ...
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Medical Subject Headings: animal diseases
free text keywords: Animal Science and Zoology, General Veterinary, Animal welfare, Feral cat, Fecundity, Animal science, Veterinary medicine, Wildlife, Nuisance, Population, education.field_of_study, education, Immigration, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Biology, Predation
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