Feral Cats and Biodiversity Conservation: The Urgent Prioritization of Island Management

Nogales, Manuel, Vidal, Eric, Medina, Felix M., Bonnaud, Elsa, Tershy, Bernie R., Campbell, Karl J. and Zavaleta, Erika S. (2013) Feral Cats and Biodiversity Conservation: The Urgent Prioritization of Island Management. BioScience, 63 10: 804-810. doi:10.1525/bio.2013.63.10.7

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Author Nogales, Manuel
Vidal, Eric
Medina, Felix M.
Bonnaud, Elsa
Tershy, Bernie R.
Campbell, Karl J.
Zavaleta, Erika S.
Title Feral Cats and Biodiversity Conservation: The Urgent Prioritization of Island Management
Journal name BioScience   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0006-3568
1525-3244
Publication date 2013-10
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1525/bio.2013.63.10.7
Volume 63
Issue 10
Start page 804
End page 810
Total pages 7
Place of publication Cary, NC United States
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract A great part of the Earth’s biodiversity occurs on islands, to which humans have brought a legion of invasive species that have caused population declines and even extinctions. The domestic cat is one of the most damaging species introduced to islands, being a primary extinction driver for at least 33 insular endemic vertebrates. Here, we examine the role of feral cats in the context of the island biodiversity crisis, by combining data from reviews of trophic studies, species conservation status reports, and eradication campaigns. The integration of these reviews permits us to identify priority islands where feral cat eradications are likely to be feasible and where cats are predicted to cause the next vertebrate extinctions. Funding agencies and global conservation organizations can use these results to prioritize scarce conservation funds, and national and regional natural resource management agencies can rank their islands in need of feral cat eradication within a global context.
Keyword Biodiversity
Conservation
Diet
Felis catus
Insular environments
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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