Virus Vectored Immunocontraceptive Control of Feral Cats

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Subject: Virus Vectored Immunocontraceptive Control of Feral Cats
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:37:50 +1000
There has been much said about control of feral cats over the years on B-A, but 
there have really been no really viable answers put forward. Perhaps the answer 
is sexually transmitted virus vectored immunocontraception (VVIC). With 
properly engineered VVIC pathogens, there should be no collateral damage to 
other species and minimal risk to domestic cats, except for the possibility of 
sterility if someones moggy happens to have it away with an infected feral.

While VVIC would not result in 100% control, it would be a useful part of an 
integrated control program, especially if it if followed up with other 
biological control methods to limit the problem of population rebounds such as 
those that have occurred with rabbit biological control methods.
If the Federal government is serious about feral cat control, VVIC is a method 
that should be seriously investigated.

Here is a paper that may interest some:

Carl Clifford
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