The impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wildlife of the United States

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Communications, January 2013
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Article title
The impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wildlife of the United States
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Nature Communications, January 2013
DOI 10.1038/ncomms2380
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Scott R. Loss, Tom Will, Peter P. Marra

Abstract

Anthropogenic threats, such as collisions with man-made structures, vehicles, poisoning and predation by domestic pets, combine to kill billions of wildlife annually. Free-ranging domestic cats have been introduced globally and have contributed to multiple wildlife extinctions on islands. The magnitude of mortality they cause in mainland areas remains speculative, with large-scale estimates based on non-systematic analyses and little consideration of scientific data. Here we conduct a systematic review and quantitatively estimate mortality caused by cats in the United States. We estimate that free-ranging domestic cats kill 1.4-3.7 billion birds and 6.9-20.7 billion mammals annually. Un-owned cats, as opposed to owned pets, cause the majority of this mortality. Our findings suggest that free-ranging cats cause substantially greater wildlife mortality than previously thought and are likely the single greatest source of anthropogenic mortality for US birds and mammals. Scientifically sound conservation and policy intervention is needed to reduce this impact.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 10 4%
Brazil 7 3%
Canada 4 2%
India 3 1%
Switzerland 3 1%
Italy 2 1%
United Kingdom 2 1%
China 1 0%
Germany 1 0%
Other 6 2%
Unknown 215 85%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Ph.D. Student 38 15%
Student (Master) 28 11%
Student (Bachelor) 23 9%
Other Professional 14 6%
Post Doc 14 6%
Other 46 18%
Unknown 91 36%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biological Sciences 125 49%
Environmental Sciences 18 7%
Medicine 6 2%
Chemistry 3 1%
Earth Sciences 3 1%
Other 8 3%
Unknown 91 36%

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This article has an Altmetric score of 847. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that this article has received. This score was calculated when the article was last mentioned on 01 September 2015.
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