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    Details of this species in Saint Helena
    Status: Alien
    Invasiveness: Invasive
    Occurrence: Reported
    Source: Ashmole and Ashmole, 2000 in Varnham, 2006
    Arrival Date:
    Species Notes for this Location:
    Feral populations of Felis catus became established during the 16th century. Cats may have been deliberately introduced by the Portuguese to control rats (Ashmole and Ashmole, 2000 in Varnham, 2006). They are reported to be widespread, especially around settlements, however they are believed to have declined in numbers since 1989 (McCulloch and Norris, undated in Varnham, 2006).
    Management Notes for this Location:
    Some trapping of animals has been carried out by Public Health Department (since 1989), but almost all around settlements (McCulloch and Norris, undated in Varnham, 2006).
    Location Notes:
    Reduction in native biodiversity: Felis catus are known to predate seabirds on the island. They are believed to be largely responsible for the demise of St Helena's historic seabird colonies (Ashmole and Ashmole, 2000 in Varnham, 2006).
    Last Modified: 17/06/2008 9:52:03 a.m.

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