Cheryl Gray

Rodent control: Poison or predators?

January 16, 2015

hen a bobcat mother and her kitten curled up together on the UC Santa Cruz campus in early September, the kitten couldn’t have known its mother was dying of rat poison. But Duane Titus noticed her lethargy and mangy fur, and he suspected that anticoagulants were making her bleed internally. Read full report.

Bobcats Poisoned In Santa Cruz

January 14, 2015

At least three Santa Cruz bobcats have died in the last four months of complications related to ingestion of rodent poisons, according to local news reports. The three, all found dead in the vicinity of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, had high amounts of anticoagulants used in rodent poisons in their bloodstreams. Read full report.

Little African cats need big parks

January 6, 2015

As much as I love my own kitty, I have to admit that the domestic cat (Felis sylvestris catus) has become quite the menace around the world. The cat’s power to be a bird-killing machine often gets the most attention, but its ability to breed with wild members of its species also poses a big threat. In some places, such as Scotland, the local wildcat population has been largely replaced by genetically distinct hybrids. That’s also been a worry for African wildcats in places like South Africa. Read full report.

World’s smallest cat and its role in ecology

December 24, 2014

We all know that the world’s biggest cat, the tiger, is found in India. But did you know that the world’s smallest cat is found here as well? It’s called the Rusty spotted cat (prionailurus rubiginosus, which is found only in India (pr phillipsi) and Sri Lanka (pr rubiginosus), and is very rare to sight. Read full report.