Forwarding some abstracts about feral cat research from CSIRO Wildlife R

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Subject: Forwarding some abstracts about feral cat research from CSIRO Wildlife Research Volume 41(5)
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:22:20 +1100
I have no connection with this, other than getting the contents list on an
email........ I have copied the extracts of two of the articles here:

Welcome to the latest e-alert for Wildlife Research. This issue includes
articles about a diverse range of topics, including: meadow vole
populations; behaviour of birds in habitats invaded by buffel grass;
invasive stoat populations; effects of culling feral cats; light pollution
and flatback turtle hatchlings; habitat use by feral cats; using
mark-resight to monitor Canada geese; and the diet of frugivorous bats.

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Effects of low-level culling of feral cats in open populations: a case study
from the forests of southern Tasmania 
Billie T. Lazenby, Nicholas J. Mooney and Christopher R. Dickman 

Feral cats threaten biodiversity, and are often culled to reduce their
impact. The effectiveness of culling is largely unknown in areas where new
cats can replace those removed, but by using remote camera technology to
identify individuals, we found that low-level culling resulted in an
increase in cat numbers and activity. This unexpected result demonstrates
the importance of monitoring management actions, and the need for strategic,
systematic, and ongoing commitment to managing feral cats if their impact on
biodiversity is to be reduced. 

A critical review of habitat use by feral cats and key directions for future
research and management 
Tim S. Doherty, Andrew J. Bengsen and Robert A. Davis 

Feral cats have a wide global distribution and are a serious threat to
biodiversity; an understanding of their habitat use is essential to reducing
their impacts. Our review shows that current knowledge of the factors
influencing cat habitat use is poor. Future studies will benefit from
employing an experimental approach and collecting data on the relative
abundance and activity of prey and other predators. Local knowledge and
active monitoring is essential when deciding on control programs. 

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