Tagged: cats and native wildlife

Fat, well-fed cats kill too… and they do it for fun - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Mar 05, 2014

On our way down to the local corner store for the Saturday morning paper my 5- and 1-year-old daughters and I meet a feline ritual. At the front gate of a home half-way down, every day without fail stands a generously fed black moggy with white socks and nose, long hair, and an inviting purr. She sits reliably waiting for … Read More

Annihilate, really? – show me the evidence - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Dec 18, 2013

The nation missed an important opportunity at Raglan. If cats have been removed from the Raglan community then, had we the time beforehand to prepare, we could have tested whether cats were a beneficial urban predator, as claimed here and here. Cats on evidence. Evidence on cats… and their relationship with other … Read More

Cats can’t kill it, if it is not there - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Dec 13, 2013

For cats to be a “beneficial urban predator” they must largely kill the exotic predators and competitors of native animals. Dr. John Flux believes his 17-year record of the prey one cat brought to him [1] proves that cats are good for native wildlife in cities. His belief featured prominently in the media to … Read More

There is always more than one cat - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Dec 07, 2013

Cats might be a “beneficial urban predator” according to Dr. John Flux and his conclusion featured prominently in the media to have a major influence on the public debate about cats and native wildlife. But Dr. Flux’s conclusion has relied heavily for evidence from just one cat [1]. Dr. John Flux, and the … Read More

Presence of native species, not evidence all is hunky-dory - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Nov 26, 2013

Just because native species persist in our backyards despite being hunted by predators, like cats, it does not mean their populations are healthy. Our backyard can be a sink-hole for native species. Each killed is replaced by recolonisers who are themsleves be killed (photo source: inhabitat.com) Cats might be a “beneficial urban predator” according to Dr. John Flux. Read More

Dr. Flux’s cat misleads us - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Nov 18, 2013

Our cats bring us only a fraction, less than half, of their prey and we are less likely to see the small, more palatable prey, like small reptiles and nestlings (Source: www.kittycat.co.za). Cats are a “beneficial urban predator” according to Dr. John Flux and his conclusion featured prominently in the media to have a … Read More

Dr. Flux’s cat and science communication - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Nov 12, 2013

In the heat of public debate about cats and their impact on native wildlife, what scientific evidence did the media most use to inform? Mostly they used Dr. John Flux’s article [1] about one cat published in the New Zealand Journal of Zoology in 2007. Dr. John Flux’s cat, Peng You, who brought home … Read More

Culture of conflict or Society of Solutions – what are we? - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Jun 30, 2013

Why has Australian local government, despite the public debate there, found and implemented solutions to the cat-wildlife problem but New Zealand has not? Why has the debate amongst Kiwis become a conflict of extreme views and positions but Aussies with different opinions have achieve consensus? New study Finding out why is the topic of a … Read More

Cat Project – chance to participate closes soon - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Jun 27, 2013

As part of a Masters Research thesis we are investigating attitudes towards cat ownership and management in New Zealand and Australia. The study Attitudes towards cats in Australia and New Zealand is being conducted through the School of Psychological Science at La Trobe University. We are looking for participants of all kinds to complete the survey. We … Read More

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