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

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Urban cat density more depending on shelter than on food

Calhoon, R.E. & Haspel, C. 1989. Urban Cat Populations Compared by Season, Subhabitat and Supplemental Feeding. Journal of Animal Ecology. 58(1): 321–328.

(1) Population densities of free-ranging cats were compared in two contiguous urban subhabitats, in three seasons, and in response to supplemental feeding.
(2) One subhabitat, characterized by voluminous, poorly contained refuse, and many abandoned buildings, supported 4.88 +- 0.82 cats ha-1 (mean +- S.D.), which differed significantly from the 2.03 +- 0.2 cats/ha supported by the other subhabitat (partial refuse containment, few abandoned buildings). 
(3) Neither season nor supplemental feeding had a significant effect on population density. 
(4) The distribution of individuals within the study area varied with the availability of shelter and was not dependent upon food.

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