Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Feral Cat - Felis catus

Feral Cat - Felis catus
Florida's Nonnative Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: Unknown

Extirpated year:

Established status: Populations are confirmed breeding and apparently self-sustaining for 10 or more consecutive years.

Estimated Florida range: 67 counties At least 10 years

Statewide trend: Unknown status

Threats to natives: Feral cats prey on native birds, small mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. Cats, including unrestrained pets, can be very efficient predators on native species. Cats are important predators of beach mouse populations throughout most of their range in Florida. Feral or free-ranging cats have introduced feline panleucopenia virus into populations of bobcats and Florida panthers. They can also transmit rabies.

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