Friday, March 23, 2012

Southeast Partners in Flight Conference - Feral Freeroaming Cats

Southeast Partners in Flight Conference
"Conserving Birds in a Changing Environment"
February 7 - 9, 2012
Raleigh, North Carolina

2012 SEPIF Conference Agenda where you can click on links to presentations

Opening remarks by Ted Simons [of North Carolina State University Fish and Wildlife Cooperative - see notes at bottom of post]

download pdf Controlling Invasive Exotic Animals on the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges: A Community Partnership
A Presentation to Southeast PIF
by Phillip Hughes / Anne Morkill, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
February 7, 2012

[Apparently presented by Chad Anderson of FWS located in Big Pine Key National Wildlife Refuge who works with Anne Morkill, Director of Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex. ]


Commitment to “No free-roaming cats on Big Pine Key” through an integrated public & private effort of education, enforcement, and trapping and relocating feral & free-roaming cats from refuge lands

The USFWS will:

Trap & remove feral and free-roaming cats on refuge lands, turn over to MOCO animal control shelters

[end excerpts]

Note: MOCO is Monroe County

Download PDF: Feral and Free-ranging Cats and Urban Birds
Steve Holzman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Athens, Georgia]


Next steps

Continued work on USFWS position statement on feral and free-ranging cats, and zero tolerance on all federal lands, especially parks and refuges.

State policies that advocate trap and remove for all state lands.

TNR only where cats can be prevented from affecting populations of native wildlife (fenced colonies? Cat enclosures - Greynolds Park?)

Mandatory spay/neuter of all owned cats (special permits available for breeders)

Mandatory micro-chipping to discourage future abandonment

[end excerpt]

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Feral Cat Blog! Notes:

The two presentations above contain similar content to other FWS material that AnimalResources has previously provided to leading cat advocates nationwide such as the Florida Keys Integrated Predator Plan, other presentations by Morkill and Hughes, and by Tom Will of FWS Midwest Migratory Bird. In recent years, increasing and rededicated efforts have been made in opposition to feral and free roaming or unrestrained cats and Trap Neuter Return by Tom Will and other FWS staff, several leaders of the American Bird Conservancy and The Wildlife Society, and others.

In August 2011 AnimalResources shared info with leading cat advocates nationwide about a Florida Keys Predator Study regarding free roaming cats, a $300K contract awarded by FWS to the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Dept. Biology, NC State University, Raleigh, NC. The project lead is Ted Simons. In January and August 2011 AnimalResources provided the list of research needs for priority species in the Florida Keys (marsh rabbit, cotton mouse and woodrat) relevant to feral or free roaming cats as outlined in an RFP of the USFWS Southeast Florida Ecological. These are significant because for years, FWS has planned and attempted to trap and remove free roaming cats in the Florida Keys Refuges without a clue about the number of cats or endangered species involved.

For those unaware, there are mind-numbing multi-layers of US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Interior government agencies and organizations and their projects, programs, partnerships, initiatives, training, relationships and funding: federal and state fish, wildlife, hunting agencies and nonprofits related to those; other bird, conservation, wildlife nonprofit organizations; and state land grant universities (agriculture and forest research, Extension, etc, Hatch Act of 1887 research funding, Cooperative Research Units) and much more!