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    Details of this species in Long Cay
    Status: Alien
    Invasiveness: Invasive
    Occurrence: Reported
    Source: Manco 2003 in Varnham 2006
    Arrival Date:
    Species Notes for this Location:
    Felis catus were introduced to some islands by builders and other workers (Iverson, 1978 in Varnham, 2006), they are known to be present on all islands (Manco, 2003 in Varnham, 2006). A list of islands inhabited by this species is given in Iverson, (1978) in Varnham, 2006, but this may be out of date (published in 1978). People on some islands still release live-trapped feral cats onto uninhabited islands (Gerber, 1995 in Varnham, 2006).
    Management Notes for this Location:
    1995 report recommends preventing the introduction of feral animals to more islands, removing them from uninhabited islands, controlling feral animals and restricting the movement of livestock on inhabited islands, and educating the public on the destruction caused by non-natives (Gerber, 1995 in Varnham, 2006). Eradication projects have been planned, dependent on finding suitable islands (Mitchell et al., 2002 in Varnham, 2006).
    A successful cat eradication project carried out on 111ha Long Cay in 1999, using 1080 poison. Public information announcements about the problems cats cause have been aired (Mitchell et al., 2002 in Varnham, 2006).
    Location Notes:
    Reduction in native biodiversity: Felis catus contributed to extirpation of iguanas from Pine Cay and others, and also known to predate other native reptile and bird species (Iverson, 1978 in Varnham, 2006; Gerber, 1995 in Varnham, 2006).
    Threat to endangered species: Felis catus predates on the native 'Critically Endangered (CR)' Turks & Caicos rock iguana (see Cyclura carinata in IUCN Red List of Threatened Species) (Mitchell et al., 2002 in Varnham, 2006).
    Last Modified: 17/06/2008 9:52:03 a.m.

ISSG Landcare Research NBII IUCN University of Auckland