Human–dog interactions and behavioural responses of village dogs in coastal villages in Michoacán, Mexico
Contributor(s):: Ruiz-Izaguirre, Eliza, Eilers, Karen H. A. M., Bokkers, Eddie A. M., Ortolani, Alessia, Ortega-Pacheco, Antonio, de Boer, Imke J. M.
In Mexican villages, most households keep dogs that roam freely. Therefore, socialisation of village dogs occurs in a different context than that of companion dogs in developed countries. The objectives of this study were: (1) to assess village dogs’ behavioural responses towards familiar and...
Opinions from the Front Lines of Cat Colony Management Conflict
| Contributor(s):: M. Nils Peterson, Brett Hartis, Shari Rodriguez, Matthew Green, Christopher A. Lepczyk
Outdoor cats represent a global threat to terrestrial vertebrate conservation, but management has been rife with conflict due to differences in views of the problem and appropriate responses to it. To evaluate these differences we conducted a survey of opinions about outdoor cats and their...
The Impact of an Integrated Program of Return-to-Field and Targeted Trap-Neuter-Return on Feline Intake and Euthanasia at a Municipal Animal Shelter
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| Contributor(s):: Daniel D Spehar, Peter J Wolf
Available evidence indicates that overall levels of feline intake and euthanasia at U.S. shelters have significantly declined in recent decades. Nevertheless, millions of cats, many of them free-roaming, continue to be admitted to shelters each year. In some locations, as many as 70% of cats,...
A Case Study in Citizen Science: The Effectiveness of a Trap-Neuter-Return Program in a Chicago Neighborhood
| Contributor(s):: Daniel D. Spehar, Peter J. Wolf
The use of trap-neuter-return (TNR) as a method of managing free-roaming cat populations has increased in the United States in recent decades. Historically, TNR has been conducted most often at a grassroots level, which has led to inconsistent data collection and assessment practices....
An Examination of an Iconic Trap-Neuter-Return Program: The Newburyport, Massachusetts Case Study
| Contributor(s):: David D. Spehar, Peter J. Wolf
Local communities in the United States are commonly responsible for selecting the most appropriate method of managing free-roaming cats. Lethal management has been widely utilized for generations, but the use of trap–neuter–return (TNR) has grown in recent decades. Despite expanded...
Life after academia -- helping homeless dogs | LC Ricke | TEDxLeeCollegeHuntsville
For most professors, getting denied tenure is the end of their career. For LC Ricke, it was only the beginning. In this intriguing talk, LC argues that people with graduate degrees have a significant amount of skills to offer the world outside the Ivory Tower.LC is the founder and director of...
Application of the welfare quality protocol in pig slaughterhouses of five countries
| Contributor(s):: Dalmau, A., Nande, A., Vieira-Pinto, M., Zamprogna, S., Martino, G. di, Ribas, J. C. R., Costa, M. P. da, Halinen-Elemo, K., Velarde, A.
The objective of the present study is to assess the variability of the measures used in the welfare quality (WQ) protocol for pigs among slaughterhouses in five different countries and to propose alarm and critical thresholds for the calculation of scores for future development of an animal...
Human-cat relationship in an oceanic biosphere reserve: the case of La Palma Island, Canary archipelago
| Contributor(s):: Medina, F. M., Nogales, M., Farnworth, M. J., Bonnaud, E.
Removal of feral cats from island environments is a useful mechanism by which their ecological impact on endangered species can be reduced or ended. Nevertheless, because cats are anthropogenic in their origins, social perceptions of management practices play a large role in their implementation....
Pessoas em situação de rua e seus cães : fragmentos de união em histórias de fragmentação
| Contributor(s):: Juliana Gomes da Cunha
O interesse pelo relacionamento entre humanos e cães tem sido crescentemente refletido em produções científicas, apesar destas ainda se mostrarem incipientes no contexto latino-americano, e, por conseguinte, no brasileiro. Nestes termos, quando se toma como foco o...
A Survey of Public Opinion on Cat (Felis catus) Predation and the Future Direction of Cat Management in New Zealand
| Contributor(s):: Jessica K Walker, Stephanie J Bruce, Arnja R Dale
Cat predation is a prominent issue in New Zealand that provokes strong and opposing views. We explored, via 1011 face-to-face questionnaires, public opinion on (a) support for a National Cat Management Strategy (78% support); (b) concern regarding predation of wildlife by owned and un-owned cats...
Odering the Feral Cat: Stakeholder Perspectives on Cat Overpopulation
| Contributor(s):: Kyle Hutson
This paper discusses the historical and cultural ways in which people attempt to order the domestic cat both spatially and conceptually, with special attention to how this ordering influences perceptions of feral cats. Feral cats are unowned or semi-owned and live entirely unconfined to a home,...
Saving feral horse populations: Does it really matter? A case study of wild horses from Doñana National Park in southern Spain
| Contributor(s):: J.L. Vega-Pla, J. Calderon, P.P. Rodriguez-Gallardo, A.M. Martinez, Ciro Rico
In the 1980s, a conservation programme involving a feral horse population, the Retuertas horses from the Guadalquivir marshes, was started in the Doñana National Park. The analysis of an extensive genetic survey of this population, which now numbers 100 animals, and 10 additional European...
Of feral cats and pet cats
| Contributor(s):: Bruce A. Vojak
Early last summer an article in our local newspaper caught my eye. Some well-deserved visibility was given to my friend, Dick Warner (Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences), for the findings arising from his study of ferali and pet cats. Dick and his colleagues...
Consumption of whole cottonseed by white-tailed deer and nontarget species
| Contributor(s):: Taylor, Benjamin D., Lyons, Eddie K., Rollins, Dale, Scott, Cody B., Huston, James E., Taylor, Charles A.
Exploring Human-Feral Cat Relations in Southern Ontario
| Contributor(s):: Lauren Van Patter
Feral cat management is an under-researched human-animal interaction. Feral cats are supported and protected by some, vilified and eradicated by others. Debates about their impacts on native fauna, welfare concerns, and human moral obligations are diverse and complex. This research critically...
Human-related factors regulate the presence of domestic dogs in protected areas
| Contributor(s):: Soto, C. A., Palomares, F.
The presence of domestic species such as dogs Canis familiaris in protected areas can cause problems for native species as a result of competition, predation and disease transmission. To improve our ability to design effective control policies we investigated the factors affecting detection of...
How does cat behaviour influence the development and implementation of monitoring techniques and lethal control methods for feral cats?
| Contributor(s):: Fisher, P., Algar, D., Murphy, E., Johnston, M., Eason, C.
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...
Individual hunting behaviour and prey specialisation in the house cat Felis catus: implications for conservation and management
| Contributor(s):: Dickman, C. R., Newsome, T. M.
Predators are often classed as prey specialists if they eat a narrow range of prey types, or as generalists if they hunt multiple prey types. Yet, individual predators often exhibit sex, size, age or personality-related differences in their diets that may alter the impacts of predation on...
Virtue Ethics and Animal Law
| Contributor(s):: Bryant, Taimie