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How does cat behaviour influence the development and implementation of monitoring techniques and lethal control methods for feral cats?

By P. Fisher, D. Algar, E. Murphy, M. Johnston, C. Eason

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The need for lethal control of feral cats will remain in some contexts and potentially increase in others, alongside an obligation to develop and apply methods that are as cost-effective, humane and target-specific as possible. Drawing on practices particularly used in Australia, New Zealand and on offshore islands we review current lethal techniques applied for feral cat removal, such as shooting, trapping and poison baiting, and how our understanding of feral cat behaviour has influenced their development and application.

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 173
Pages 88-96
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2014.09.010
Language English
Author Address Landcare Research, PO Box 69040, Lincoln 7640, New Zealand.fisherp@landcareresearch.co.nz
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animals
  3. APEC countries
  4. Australasia
  5. Australia
  6. Carnivores
  7. Cats
  8. Commonwealth
  9. Control
  10. Developed countries
  11. Feral animals
  12. Islands
  13. Mammals
  14. monitoring
  15. New Zealand
  16. Oceania
  17. OECD countries
  18. peer-reviewed
  19. pest control
  20. Techniques
  21. trapping
  22. vertebrates
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