California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Other Management Plans and Guidelines

North America

Managing Development for People and Wildlife - Clarion Assoc. of Colorado and Colorado Division of Wildlife.
A comprehensive handbook for habitat protection by local governments (including protection of wildlife from cat predation in section II. C., Scale, Human Impacts, and Wildlife Protection; and particularly section III. D., Biological Principle #4 for Habitat Protection ...)

Faunal Management: Managing Domestic Cats in the Wildlands - A unit of the Guidance system for land management planning.

Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage: House Cats (Feral) (.pdf 400kb) - Univ. of Nebraska, Cooperative Extension.
Cat biology and legal status, followed by descriptions of various methods to prevent and control damage.

Managing Feral/Unowned/Stray Cats (.pdf 600kb) in Rabies Prevention and Control in Florida, 2000.
Florida Rabies Advisory Committee Position Statement.

Natural Areas and Native Species Management Plan - Natural Areas Coalition of South Florida

Policy Letter Preventing Feral Cat and Dog Populations on Navy Property - Department of the Navy, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. (dated 1 January 2002).
Policy requires implementation of pet management measures to preclude establishment of feral cat and dog populations and terminates existing Trap/Neuter/Release programs on Navy installations by 1 January 2003.

Guidelines for Reducing Feral/Stray Cat Populations on Military Installations in the United States - Armed Forces Pest Management Board, 1996.
Reasons and responsibility for cat population control, and procedures and methods for a long-term control program.

The Basics of Bird Conservation in the U.S. - L. Trulio, Ph.D., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (2000).
"...the effects of most non-native animals pale in comparison to the damage done by domestic and feral (free-ranging and wild) cats. Our domestic and wild felines are widely recognized as the greatest threat to birds of any non-native predator."

Cats and rodent control:

  • House Mouse - Univ. California Pest Management Guidelines, Home and Landscape.
    Although house cats kill mice, there are few situations in which they will sufficiently control rodent populations.
  • Controlling House Mice - S. E. Hygnstrom and D. R. Virchow, Univ. of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, Inst. of Agriculture and Nat. Resources.
    Although cats kill mice, they do not provide effective mouse control in most circumstances.
  • Controlling Rats - S. E. Hygnstrom and D. R. Virchow, Univ. of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, Inst. of Agriculture and Nat. Resources.
    Although house cats kill rats, they do not provide effective rat control in most circumstances.
  • Mice and Their Control - Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.
    Addresses the use of dogs and cats for rodent control in rural and urban areas.
  • School IPM, Non-Chemical Rodent Control - W. H. Kern, Jr., and P. G. Koehler, Univ. of lorida.
    Discusses the values, limitations, and concerns over the use of cats and other predators for rodent control.
  • Control Commensal Rodents in Poultry Houses - Mississippi State Univ. Extension Service.
    Provides guidelines for properly managing cats for mouse control by confining the cats in laying houses.

Final Plan for Sustained Reduction of Rats, Cats and Mongooses. National Park Planning, Friends of Virgin Islands National Park.

Colony Site Management Techniques, Predatory mammals (.pdf) - Draft Two--North American Waterbird Conservation Plan: Volume One, Seabirds & Colonial Waterbirds October 23, 2001

New Zealand

Restoration of Indigenous Forest Communities through Predator Control, 1996.
Strategies and risks of control practices for reducing the threat from introduced mammalian predators in mainland forest habitat in New Zealand.

Ecosystem Restoration - New Zealand Department of Conservation.
"Moving from successful restoration of island to ecosystem restorationon mainland New Zealand".

Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellington, NZ.
The Karori Sanctuary, in the heart of Wellington, is surrounded by a predator-proof fence designed to exclude 14 species of non-native mammals, including domestic pets.


Threat Abatement Plan for Predation by Feral Cats - Environment Australia, Biodiversity Group (1999).
"The focus of this plan is on the actions required to reduce the impact of feral cat predation on endangered or vulnerable species or cological communities."

Western Shield: Bringing Wildlife Back from the Brink of Extinction - Western Australia.
Western Australia's Department of Conservation and Land Management is undertaking the world's biggest campaign against feral predators, to save native animals and return them to areas where they once thrived.

The ACT Vertebrate Pest Management Strategy (.pdf) - Environment ACT, Australian Capital Territory.
Emphasizes localized feral cat control " in small, highly valuable sites where the expense of exclusion fencing and local eradication can be justified."

Control of Cats - Guidelines [A3 Guidelines, 3.2 Control of cats] - RSPCA Australia.
Addresses the need for effective cat management of both the owned and unowned cat populations.

Companion Animal Management Plan Amended (.pdf, 93K) (2001). Eurobodalla Shire Council (AU)
Describes cat management options and prohibitions in certain areas for protection of wildlife.

Other Areas

Action Plan for Felis Hybridization Problems - Cat Species Group, IUCN.
Many of the world's native wild cat populations are threatened by hybridization with domestic cats.

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