Home range and movements of feral cats on Mauna Kea, Hawai'i

Pacific Conservation Biology
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Feral cats Felis catus in dry subalpine woodland of Mauna Kea, Hawai?i, live in low density and exhibit some of the largest reported home ranges in the literature. While 95% fixed kernel home range estimates for three females averaged 772 ha, four males averaged 1 418 ha, and one male maintained a home range of 2 050 ha. Mean daily movement rates between sexes overlapped widely and did not differ significantly (P = 0.083). Log-transformed 95% kernel home ranges for males were significantly larger than those of females (P = 0.024), but 25% kernel home ranges for females were larger than those of males (P = 0.017). Moreover, log-transformed home ranges of males were also significantly larger than those of females in this and seven other studies from the Pacific region (P = 0.044). Feral cats present a major threat to endangered Hawaiian birds, but knowledge of their ecology can be used for management by optimizing trap spacing and creating buffer zones around conservation areas.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Home range and movements of feral cats on Mauna Kea, Hawai'i
Series title Pacific Conservation Biology
DOI 10.1071/pc080177
Volume 14
Issue 3
Year Published 2008
Language English
Publisher Csiro Publishing
Description 8 p.
First page 177
Last page 184
Country United States
State Hawaii
Other Geospatial Mauna Kea
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