Les hommes ont oublié cette vérité. Mais tu ne dois pas l'oublier, dit le renard. Tu deviens responsable pour toujours de ce que tu as apprivoisé.
Le Petit Prince, chap. 21

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Feral cat's demography in New South Wales

Molsher, R. L. (2001). Trapping and demographics of feral cats (Felis catus) in central New South Wales. Wildlife Research, 28(6), 631-636.

A total of 76 feral cats (Felis catus) (29 individuals; 47 recaptures) was trapped during 6027 trap-nights using both cage and leg-hold traps from November 1994 to August 1996 at Lake Burrendong in central New South Wales. No significant difference was found in the relative capture efficiency between cage and leg-hold traps (P > 0.05). Overall capture efficiency was 1.3 cats per 100 trap-nights, although this varied seasonally, being higher in late autumn and early winter. Most cats were caught with rabbit as bait, and visual and olfactory lures added to baits did not appear to increase capture efficiency, although the power of the test was limited. Most captured cats were adult males weighing 4.37 0.14 kg; these were larger than the females (3.34 0.06 kg). Litters, comprising 2–5 kittens, were born between September and March.

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