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, 12 January 2013

Loss of wildlife to domestic cats

Paton, D. (1991). Loss of wildlife to domestic cats. In Potter, C. (ed), The Impact of Cats on Native Wildlife: Proceedings of a Workshop held on May 8-9 1991. ANPWS, Canberra

Questionnaires asked people how many animals they thought their cat(s) had killed in the previous 12 months. Of the 3000 questionnaires distributed, 709 were returned, covering 700 cats in Adelaide suburbs, in country towns and in rural areas. The majority of the questionnaires (88%) came from members of birders' associations.
  • Cats in rural areas were reported to catch over twice as many prey as suburban cats. 
  • The average number of prey reported caught per year was 30. 
  • Suburban cats (the majority of cats) were reported to catch less, and rural cats (far fewer in number) caught more. 
  • Bells were ineffective 
  • Most preys were non native

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