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, 10 May 2016

Focusing on specific age classes in spay programs

Lancaster, E. P., Lenhart, S., Ojogbo, E. J., Rekant, S. I., Scott, J. R., Weimer, H., & New Jr, J. C. (2016). Modeling Interventions in the Owned Cat Population to Decrease Numbers, Knox County, TN. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 1-12.

To find management strategies for controlling the owned cat population in Knox County, TN, the authors formulated a mathematical model using biological properties of such nonhuman animals and spay actions on certain age classes. They constructed this discrete-time model to predict the future owned cat population in this county and to evaluate intervention strategies to surgically sterilize some proportion of the population. Using the predicted population size and the number of surgeries for specific scenarios, they showed that focusing on specific age classes can be an effective feature in spay programs.

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