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    Details of this species in Flat Is. (Mauritius)
    Status: Alien
    Invasiveness: Invasive
    Occurrence: Eradicated
    Source: Bell 2002
    Arrival Date:
    Introduction:
    Species Notes for this Location:
    Feral cats most likely arrived on Flat Island from individuals left behind deliberately to keep rat numbers down, or accidentally, when pets were brought on to the island and could not be found before leaving.
    Management Notes for this Location:
    An eradication programme was carried out in 1998, with the aim of removing ship rats, house mice and feral cats. Feral cats were not initially targeted as it was expected a number would succumb to secondary poisoning. Towards the end of the programme, leg-hold traps were used and placed where cats had been sighted or signs were present. It is likely that the cat population was only small, although there were signs they had been roaming throughout the island.
    Location Notes:
    Flat Island is the largest offshore island off Mauritius. Approximately half of the island (253 ha) is covered with trees and scrub, primarily introduced species, although some planting of native species has begun. It is a popular tourist and picnic site.
    Last Modified: 15/02/2005 9:44:12 a.m.


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