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

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Alternative approach to Feral Cat management

Rising, G. R. Feral Cat Problems: A Reconsideration of Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return and An Alternative Approach.
Cat TNVR (Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return) is widely proposed as a response to problems with feral cats. Unfortunately the R of that acronym, returning the cats into the environment from which they were trapped, creates serious problems: feral cat communities are established where cats are fed and protected by volunteers but otherwise continue to range free. Research shows many negative results of this: (1) these cats continue to kill birds and mammals at an alarming rate; (2) the process not only does not, as widely claimed, reduce the number of feral cats but instead often increases their population; (3) availability of the colonies encourages abandonment of additional house pets; (4) despite vaccination there are human and wildlife health risks associated with feral cats; and (5) the process is very expensive and, because the cat population is not reduced, these costs do not decline over time. A proposal for the removal of feral cats from the environment through containment is offered as an alternative.

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