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It has been shown that domestic cats in the urban environment take a wide variety of native and introduced wildlife species, and in large numbers (Paton 1991), but whether predation by domestic cats, of itself, constitutes a significant threat to species survival is somewhat unclear. Data presented here tend to suggest that cat predation in the urban environment is probably of little consequence to wildlife conservation when compared with other more serious negative influences.
So far as the predatory effects of domestic dogs is concerned, it can be shown that, in the case of the koala (Phascolarctus cinereus), larger breeds of dogs are in fact a major contributor to premature mortality in koalas. Again, however it will be shown that the taking of koalas by domestic dogs is by no means the major cause of koala loss.
New suburbs being developed adjacent to significant woodlands are often coupled with calls for a ban on cats to protect native wildlife. An alternative approach exists, where a housing development can be both ecologically friendly and pet friendly. Managing pets near environmentally sensitive areas requires well thought through policy
Wildlife conservation in the urban environment: are pets a threat?If the maintenance of natural biodiversity is the key to a sustainable, healthy environment, then wildlife conservation is as important in the urban and peri-urban environment as it is anywhere else.
The metropolitan domestc cat
In April 1994, an extensive survey of the metropolitan domestic cat population was conducted by Reark Research, Pty Ltd.
Ban those cats! Resolving wildlife issues in the ACTOn the third of March 2005, the ACT Legislative Assembly passed a motion that would forever change the way the ACT would manage cats within the Territory.
The Sherbrooke cat law. Does it work?The significant impact of unregulated cats on the environment - caused by predation and nuisance - was raised publicly in 1985 by a number of Sherbrooke conservation interest groups.
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