Influence of Feral Cats on Native Wildlife

The issue of feral cats and their effect on wildlife is a problem of international importance. It is also one of the most contentious issues facing wildlife management. Yet little is known about basic aspects of feral cat ecology, and information is especially limited regarding potential management strategies for unowned cats. Therefore, we conducted a six-year project to address these information voids, a project without a predetermined agenda other than to provide the best possible nonbiased results for the betterment of wildlife and cats.

We developed temporary ‘cat colonies’ and tracked the cats and native wildlife to determine the effectiveness of Trap-neuter-vaccinate-release programs and their effect on resident wildlife species. Field work and data collection for this project is complete, and data analysis is underway.