Re: Size of Feral Cats

To: Wim Vader <>
Subject: Re: Size of Feral Cats
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 08:44:43 +0800
Thank you Wim,

                The figures that stuck in my mind from years ago for feral
cats killed in an outback New South Wales N P were that several were
somewhere in the 15 to 20 kg range, but this seemed so enormous I didn't
trust my memory and hoped someone on birding-aus might have had a record of
the data.  Maybe they really were that size.

I reckon I'd rather tangle with a dingo than a 15 kg feral cat!

Syd Curtis

on 13/8/01 11:19 PM, Wim Vader at  wrote:

> At 23:05 13.08.01 +0800, you wrote:
>> My thanks to Bob Forsyth (at <>) who supplied
>> (12/8/01 5:17 PM) some very interesting net sites re feral cats.  I found
>> the material from the Commonwealth's Environment Australia particularly
>> interesting and informative.
>> And    while not
>> providing data on the size of feral cats in Australia did come up with the
>> general advice that in the wild domestic cats revert to the original wild
>> type and such ferals can be up to 24 inches long for head/body, (plus 10
>> inches of tail) and weighing up to 15 pounds.  That makes for a pretty
>> fearsome predator.
>> Syd Curtis
> A local cat made it into the newspaper for having killed a
> dog. The proud owner boasted that the cat had recently brought home a
> Peregrine falcon! And this particular cat, not even feral, weighed in at 16
> KG!!
> Wim Vader, Tromsø
> Museum
> 9037 Tromsø, Norway

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