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

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Population dynamics of a population of free roaming cats

Taylor, B. (2013). Population Dynamics of Free-Roaming Cats in Florida's Lee County. Undergraduate Journal of Mathematical Modeling: One+ Two, 3(1), 16.

We investigate whether the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program can be effectively used to control the population of free-roaming cats in Florida's Lee County. We do this by estimating the number of cats that must be spayed/neutered in order to keep the population from increasing.

Our analysis shows that keeping the population of free-roaming cats in Lee County (98,000 individuals) from growing requires spaying/neutering of at least 370 cats per week. We suspect that this estimate is high because the model we considered is density independent. Nevertheless our results underline the rate at which the cat population can explode if not properly controlled.

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