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oa South African Journal of Wildlife Research - 24-month delayed open access - A review of the successful eradication of feral cats from sub-Antarctic Marion Island, Southern Indian Ocean

Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2410-7220
  • E-ISSN: 2410-8200

 

Abstract

This paper reviews the history of the feral cat eradication programme on sub-Antarctic Marion Island based on unpublished minutes of meetings, reports, letters, theses and published scientific papers; and reflects on the outcome of the eradication campaign. the 19-year programme comprised seven phases, commencing with a description of the effect of the cats on the Marion Island ecosystem, the characteristics of the cat population and the formulation of a management policy (phase 1: 1974-1976). Methods for control were selected and preparations were made for the implementation of the primary control measure, biological control with the feline panleucopaenia virus (phase 2: 1976/77). the virus was released in 1977 (phase 3: 1977), followed by the determination of its effects (phase 4:1977-1980). Monitoring of the effects of the virus continued, and the secondary control measure of hunting at night was tested (phase 5: 1981-1983). Full-scale implementation of hunting and continued monitoring of the effects of both the disease and hunting followed (phase 6: 1986-1989). the inclusion of intensive trapping and poisoning as tertiary control measures culminated in the final eradication of cats from Marion Island in 1991 (phase 7:1989-1993).

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2002-04-01
2018-12-15

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