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New Zealand

Northland Regional Council, Pests and weeds: Animal pest pamphlets, 1- Feral Cats.
Feral cats: among the most prolific hunters of all. Habitats; breeding cycles; tips on trapping. (.pdf, 622kb).

The Kiwi - New Zealand Department of Conservation.
"Introduced predators are the biggest threat. Stoats and cats kill 95 per cent of kiwi chicks before they are six months old."

Australia

Cats and Wildlife, A Problem Close to Home - D. Boughly, Biodiversity Section, Dep. Arts, Sports, the Environment, and Territories.
Overview of the ecology of cats in Australia, impacts on wildlife, control methods, and projects planning to control damage from cats and other introduced animals.

Feral Cats - Felis catus - Environment Australia
Ecology, effects on wildlife, cat control methods, cat control research in Australia.

The Ecology of Feral cats, Felis catus, in Open Forest in New South Wales: Interactions with Food Resources and Foxes (.pdf) - R. L. Molsher, 1999. Ph.D. Thesis, School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney.

Cats and Wildlife - New South Wales National Parks.
Cats pose a serious threat to wildlife resources in Australia, including the national parks; responsible cat owners can reduce damage by owned cats, and landholders adjacent to national parks can participate in feral cat control programs.

Threats to Wildlife of Tasmania, Feral Cats - Tasmania Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment.
Feral and domestic cats are formidable, opportunistic predators, but there are ways to minimize the negative impact to native animals.

Islands

Introduced predators: Feral cats eradicated - New Zealand Department of Conservation.
Cats have been eradicated from biologically important islands.

ISSG Eradication of Island Invasives: Practical Actions and Results Achieved 
Abstracts of papers presented to a conference in Auckland, New Zealand, February 2001.

After the Cats and Trout: The Mice? Removing Alien Vertebrates from Subantarctic Marion Island - J. Cooper, Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology.  Aliens, newsletter No. 1, page 17. Berkeley Digital Library Project - ELIB: 3021.

Recovery Plan for Albatrosses and Giant-Petrels. Wildlife Scientific Advice, Natural Heritage Division, Environment Australia in consultation with the Albatross and Giant-Petrel Recovery Team.
"Feral cats have been reported preying upon the eggs or small, unattended chicks of all four albatross and both giant-petrel species breeding on Macquarie Island." "Elimination of feral cats on Macquarie Island is now regarded as an urgent priority and has been the focus of an intensive eradication program since the late 1980s."

Species Factsheet: Xantus's Murrelet (Synthliboramphus hypoleucus) Conservation
"There was heavy cat predation on North Coronado [Island, Mexico] until the mid-1990s, and cats are responsible for all known colony extinctions."

Virus-vectored immunocontraception to control feral cats on islands: a mathematical model.  Courchamp, F., and S. J. Cornell. J. Applied Ecology 37:903-913 (2000)

Population dynamics of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus within populations of cats. Courchamp, F., D. Pontier, M. Langlais, and M. Artois. J. Theoretical Biology 175(4): 553-560 (1995) (AbstractsReprints .pdf 360kb)

Modelling the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) in a natural population of cats (Felis catus). Fromont, M., M. Artois, M. Langlais, F. Courchamp, and D. Pontier. Theoretical Population Biology 52: 60-70 (1997) (AbstractsReprints .pdf 360kb)

Other online publications by Franck Courchamp et al. on cat population modelling, cat epidemiology modelling, controlling feral cats introduced onto islands, etc. (AbstractsReprints .pdf )

Island Conservation Group Publications :

  • Island conservation action in northwest Mèxico - Donlan et al. 2000
  • Introduced Species Removal in NW Mexico in Islands and Introduced Herbivores: Using Conservation to Investigate Top-Down and Bottom-up Processes - Donlan, C.J. 2000. (MS Thesis).
  • Ecology and Conservation Biology of the Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas) on Natividad Island, Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, Baja California Sur, Mexico - Keitt, B.S. 1998. (MS Thesis).

Slide show- Island Conservation Group: series of photos describing feral cat control efforts on Isla Navidad, Baja peninsula, Mexico, to protect the world's largest breeding colony of Black-vented Shearwater.

Long Cay Cat Eradication
Reintroduction of iguanas (Cyclura c. carinata) to Long Cay Island, British West Indies, was possible only after eradication of feral cats.


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