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Survival, fecundity, and movements of free-roaming cats

By P. M. Schmidt, R. R. Lopez, B. A. Collier

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Free-roaming cats (e.g., owned, semi-feral, and feral) impact wildlife worldwide through predation, competition, and disease transmission. Baseline ecological information necessary for population management is lacking. We radiocollared free-roaming cats (feral, n=30; semi-feral, n=14; owned, n=10) in Caldwell, Texas, USA between October 2004 and November 2005 and compared population demographics among sex and ownership classification. We found ranges and movements declined across ownership classes whereas survival and fecundity increased. Our findings suggest that human interactions (e.g., feeding) may result in high, localized free-roaming cat densities, which may concentrate feral cat impacts and should be considered when evaluating population control strategies.

Date 2007
Publication Title Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume 71
Issue 3
Pages 915-919
ISBN/ISSN 0022-541X
Language English
Author Address Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, 2258 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-2258, USA. pmhill@neo.tamu.edu
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  1. Animal ecology
  2. Animal reproduction
  3. Biological resources
  4. Cats
  5. Developed countries
  6. Environment
  7. Fecundity
  8. Mammals
  9. Movement
  10. North America
  11. OECD countries
  12. peer-reviewed
  13. Pets and companion animals
  14. population control
  15. population density
  16. predators
  17. stray animals
  18. survival
  19. Texas
  20. United States of America
  21. Wild animals
  22. wildlife conservation
  23. wildlife management
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  1. peer-reviewed