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Making a killing: photographic evidence of predation of a Tasmanian pademelon (Thylogale billardierii) by a feral cat (Felis catus)

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Fancourt, BA, Making a killing: photographic evidence of predation of a Tasmanian pademelon (Thylogale billardierii) by a feral cat (Felis catus), Australian Mammalogy, 37, (1) pp. 120-124. ISSN 0310-0049 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Australian Mammal Society

DOI: doi:10.1071/AM14044

Abstract

Feral cats (Felis catus) have contributed to the extinction of numerous Australian mammals and are a major threat to many species of conservation significance. Small mammals are considered to be those at greatest risk of cat predation, with risk typically inferred from dietary studies. However, dietary studies may provide only weak inference as to the risk of cat predation for some species. The most compelling evidence of predation risk comes from direct observation of killing events; however, such observations are rare and photographic evidence is even rarer. I present photographic evidence of a feral cat killing and consuming an adult female Tasmanian pademelon (Thylogale billardierii). This observation provides direct evidence that feral cats can kill prey up to 4 kg in body mass, with potential implications for the conservation of medium-sized mammals.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:diet, prey, red-bellied pademelon, rufous-bellied pademelon
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Conservation and Biodiversity
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Author:Fancourt, BA (Miss Bronwyn Fancourt)
ID Code:99786
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2015-04-09
Last Modified:2017-10-31
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