FW: Wildlife Research Virtual Issue - Cats in Australia: Ecology, Impact

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Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2018 23:31:18 +0000

The possible impact of cats was raised on this line 2 days ago. Here is some recent research on the subject that has just come through, including one item from Canberra.




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Subject: Wildlife Research Virtual Issue - Cats in Australia: Ecology, Impact, Management


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 Email Alert | 1 November 2018



Virtual Issue - Cats in Australia: Ecology, Impact, Management

Invasive introduced species are a major cause of biodiversity decline globally. Many of the world’s most significant recent conservation successes arise from the resolute control of invasive species, with such management working most effectively when it is based on robust evidence about the ecology of the pest species. In this collection of papers, we highlight these inter-related issues – of impact, management and ecology – for the case of the introduced domestic cat Felis catus in Australia.

At least from the early twentieth century, there has been concern about the impacts of cats upon Australia’s native wildlife. However, until recent decades, there has been limited knowledge of the ecology and impacts of cats in Australia, and hence of the need and mechanisms for their management. That situation has now changed markedly: the evidence base is now much more robust. Wildlife Research (and its predecessor Australian Wildlife Research) has been a major player in this expansion of knowledge, publishing at least 100 studies relating to cats, mostly in Australia. This virtual issue includes a complementary subset of those important studies, including some landmark contributions on the ecology, impacts and management of pet and feral cats in Australia. As a result of this research work, the management of cats in Australia is much more effective than ever before, and relative to many other parts of the world.

John Woinarski, Sarah Legge and Chris Dickman



Published 20 June 2018

How many reptiles are killed by cats in Australia?

J. C. Z. Woinarski, B. P. Murphy, R. Palmer, S. M. Legge, C. R. Dickman, T. S. Doherty, G. Edwards, A. Nankivell, J. L. Read and D. Stokeld

Wildlife Research 45(3) 247 - 266


Published 16 March 2017

Habitat preference for fire scars by feral cats in Cape York Peninsula, Australia

Hugh W. McGregor, Hannah B. Cliff and John Kanowski

Wildlife Research 43(8) 623 - 633


Published 30 March 2016

Predation by feral cats key to the failure of a long-term reintroduction of the western barred bandicoot (Perameles bougainville)

Jeff Short

Wildlife Research 43(1) 38 - 50


Published 23 May 2000

The impact of cats and foxes on the small vertebrate fauna of Heirisson Prong, Western Australia. II. A field experiment

Danielle A. Risbey, Michael C. Calver, Jeff Short, J. Stuart Bradley and Ian W. Wright

Wildlife Research 27(3) 223 - 235


Published 17 February 2016

Amplified predation after fire suppresses rodent populations in Australia’s tropical savannas

Lily Leahy, Sarah M. Legge, Katherine Tuft, Hugh W. McGregor, Leon A. Barmuta, Menna E. Jones and Christopher N. Johnson

Wildlife Research 42(8) 705 - 716


Published 20 February 2015

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

Wildlife Research 41(5) 407 - 420


Published 14 December 2011

Estimating and indexing feral cat population abundances using camera traps

Andrew Bengsen, John Butler and Pip Masters

Wildlife Research 38(8) 732 - 739


Published 11 May 2016

Fire and grass cover influence occupancy patterns of rare rodents and feral cats in a mountain refuge: implications for management

Peter J. McDonald, Alistair Stewart, Andrew T. Schubert, Catherine E. M. Nano, Chris R. Dickman and Gary W. Luck

Wildlife Research 43(2) 121 - 129


Published 17 February 2016

Toxic Trojans: can feral cat predation be mitigated by making their prey poisonous?

J. L. Read, D. Peacock, A. F. Wayne and K. E. Moseby

Wildlife Research 42(8) 689 - 696


Published 24 May 2001

Population dynamics, diet and aspects of the biology of feral cats and foxes in arid South Australia

John Read and Zoë Bowen

Wildlife Research 28(2) 195 - 203


Published 30 December 2002

Impact of rabbit haemorrhagic disease on introduced predators in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia

C. Holden and G. Mutze

Wildlife Research 29(6) 615 - 626


Published 21 July 2009

Movement patterns of feral predators in an arid environment – implications for control through poison baiting

K. E. Moseby, J. Stott and H. Crisp

Wildlife Research 36(5) 422 - 435


Havens for threatened Australian mammals: the contributions of fenced areas and offshore islands to the protection of mammal species susceptible to introduced predators

Sarah Legge, John C. Z. Woinarski, Andrew A. Burbidge, Russell Palmer, Jeremy Ringma, James Q. Radford, Nicola Mitchell, Michael Bode, Brendan Wintle, Marcus Baseler, Joss Bentley, Peter Copley, Nicholas Dexter, Chris R. Dickman, Graeme R. Gillespie, Brydie Hill, Chris N. Johnson, Peter Latch, Mike Letnic, Adrian Manning, Erin E. McCreless, Peter Menkhorst, Keith Morris, Katherine Moseby, Manda Page, David Pannell and Katherine Tuft

Wildlife Research (Online Early)


Published 19 May 1997

Predation by House Cats, Felis catus (L.), in Canberra, Australia. I. Prey Composition and Preference

D. G. Barratt

Wildlife Research 24(3) 263 - 277


Published 29 November 2002

Social and genetic analysis of a population of free-living cats (Felis catus L.) exploiting a resource-rich habitat

Elizabeth Denny, Paul Yakovlevich, Mark D. B. Eldridge and Chris Dickman

Wildlife Research 29(4) 405 - 413


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