Header image  
 
line decor
 
  HOME : Calendar : Chaplin Nature Center : Newsletter : Conservation: Officers: Links:  
line decor
   
 

Cats!

The Wichita Animal Control Advisory Board is recommending changes to the current city ordinances that would institute Trap-Neuter-Reslease (TNR) policies. The board of the Wichita Audubon Society is opposed to these changes. Below are a number of documents and references on the subject.

Proposed Wichita Ordinance There are frequent modifications to the ordinance. Scroll down the page to the section 'Animal Control Advisory Board' and select 'Category: Agenda'. It will be titled TNR update. This ordinance is likely to be presented to the police department by January, 2019. It will then go to the District Advisory Boards, and then to the City Council.

Position of the Wichita Audubon Society Board of Directors

 

Some references for conflict between Cats and Wildlife

Effects of cat predation upon wildlife

Loss SR, Will T, Marra PP (2013) The impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wildlife of the United States. Nat Commun 4:1396

Marra PP, Santella C (2016) Cat wars: the devastating consequences of a cuddly killer. Princeton University Press, Princeton. (Book)

Barratt DG (1998) Predation by house cats, Felis catus (L.), in Canberra, Australia. II. Factors affecting the amount of prey caught and estimates of the impact on wildlife. Wildl Res 25:475–487

Coleman, John S., Temple, Stanley A. Craven, Scott R. C (1998) Cats and Wildlfie--A Conservation Dilemma.pdf

The Wildlife Society Fact sheet (2011)Feral Cats: Impacts of an Invasive Species

University of Nebraska Extension (2010) Feral Cats and Their Management

Texas Parks and Wildlife (1997) Cats & Wildlife, A Conservation Dilemma

Criticism of Trap/Neuter/Release program

Longcore T., C. Rich, and L.M. Sullivan (2009) Critical assessment of claims regarding management of feral cats by trap-neuter-return. Conservation Biology 23: 887-894. Pdf

Longcore, T., (2012) No-Kill Movement Means Death for Birds by Travis Longcore, PhD

Castillo D, Clarke AL (2003) Trap/neuter/release methods ineffective in controlling domestic cat ''colonies'' on public lands. Nat Areas J 23:247–253.

Programs, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (2017) Important Briefing for Community Leaders on Trap, Neuter and Reabandoment (TNR)

The Humane Society of the United States (2012) The Outdoor Cat: Science and Policy from a Global Perspective

The American Bird Conservancy (2011) TNR, The Wrong Solution to a Tragic Problem

Black Swamp Bird Observatory (2018) Position Statement on Feral and Free-Ranging Cats

Confrontation of claims of denial and misinformation

Loss, S.C., Will,T., Longcore, T. and Marra, P. 2018. Responding to misinformation and criticisms regarding United States cat predation estimates. Biological Invasions (July)

Alternative Cat Programs

Fort Wayne community-cat-program guidelines. https://www.cityoffortwayne.org/community-cat-program.html

Palm Coast Florida rewrites cat rules

Companion Animal Model Ordinance, American Bird sConservancy, 2017 pdf

We must do something to protect birds from feral cats, Galveston Daily News 2018.

Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation, Hillsborough County, FL