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

Friday, 15 August 2014

Removing cats from islands in NW Mexico

Wood, B., Tershy, B. R., Hermosillo, M. A., Donlan, C. J., Sanchez, J. A., Keitt, B. S., Croll, D.A. Howald, G.R. & Biavaschi, N. (2002). Removing cats from islands in north-west Mexico. In Veitch, C. R., & Clout, M. N. (2002). Turning the Tide: The Eradication of Invasive Species: Proceedings of the International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives,[University of Auckland, 19 to 23 February 2001] (No. 27). IUCN, 374-380.

Feral cats have been associated with extinctions of endemic island species throughout the world. Removing cats from islands is an effective way to protect biodiversity, but compared to other invasive alien mammals, cats are difficult to eradicate. Here we describe the techniques we used to eradicate cats from 15 islands in north-west Mexico between <1 and 43 km2  These eradication techniques were developed and refined on small islands (<1 km2) and then adopted successfully on larger islands (1– 43 km2 . Experienced hunters and trappers, and high quality hunting dogs were critical for successful cat eradication. The most effective technique was trapping and the most critical components of trapping were trap design and placement.

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