Intl wildlife rehabilitation feral cats and dogs position statement
In September 2014 the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) posted their new position statement on Feral Cats and Dogs.
[beginning paragraph, always read entire]
Wildlife rehabilitators around the globe have at least one thing in common—they can all expect to be presented with the victims of cats (Felis catus) and dogs (Canis domesticus) – be they birds, mammals, or reptiles, over the course of their practice. Free-roaming cats and dogs, whether feral or pets, will stalk, chase, hunt, and kill prey if given the opportunity. The impacts of cats and dogs may be seen or felt directly through injury and predation. Other impacts may be less obvious such as behavioral disturbance and disease transmission. The intensity and effects of those interactions between domestic and wildlife populations varies, depending on context and other stressors on a particular wild population, but the impact of cats and dogs on individual birds, mammals, and reptiles is indisputable.
IWRC Guidelines for Wildlife Rehabilitation
The US National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association (NWRA) and The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) have jointly published the industry standard in rehabilitation management since 1989.
Position Statements [click on Feral Cats and Dogs]
IWRC has begun creating position statements on current issues involving wildlife rehabilitation. These statements are meant to compliment the Minimum Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation and provide useful information for policy makers and individual rehabilitators.
The IWRC 2014 symposium will be held December 1-6 in Cincinnati Ohio, Working Together for Species Survival. download pdf IWRC 2014 Symposium Schedule with Abstracts
a cat-related presentation:
Mayhem and Carnage on the Urban Landscape: Tracking Two Years of Phone Data from Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center
Lacy Campbell Audubon Society of Portland Wildlife Care Center
The Audubon Society of Portland’s Wildlife Care Center (WCC) is the busiest Wildlife Care Center in Oregon and the only facility in the Portland Metro area that is available to respond to the public’s concerns regarding urban wildlife 365 days a year. The WCC treats over 3,000 injured and/or orphaned
wildlife, and responds to more than 10,000 wildlife related phone calls in an average year. Since 2011 we have been tracking phone calls to our center using a standardized data collection form. We collect: time and date, caller identification and contact info, species location, identification and call type. We record call details, advice given and caller satisfaction. We collected and analyzed caller data from 2011- 2013. The dataset was analyzed using a variety of parameters including: temporal (day, week, and month) and spatial distributions (Metropolitan region, national), call type (window strike, cat caught, general natural history etc.), specific species impacted and caller satisfaction. For example we can perform analysis on calls pertaining to window strikes or cat attacks and look at temporal and spatial distribution of calls as well as caller satisfaction to be able to refine our outreach to the public. This information will be very valuable in documenting how humans and wildlife interact on our urban landscape, how to identify and prioritize existing and emerging threats to wildlife and help us better target and engage the public through educational outreach and materials.
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