Course

BIOL 464: Senior Inquiry

Document Type

Student Paper

Publication Date

Spring 2017

Disciplines

Biology | Environmental Education | Environmental Health | Environmental Public Health | Integrative Biology | Natural Resources and Conservation | Population Biology | Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health

Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement

The focus of this paper is to describe a typical Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program and highlight the major pros and cons surrounding this somewhat controversial method of managing the overwhelming free-roaming cat population. The effects of the species’ overabundance on the environment and human health are also discussed. Citing studies completed on TNR programs around the globe as well as mathematical models, the effectiveness of this method is compared to other, currently used alternatives. Finally, it has been suggested that the general awareness level a neighborhood possesses about the true goals of TNR programs has a potentially significant impact on the overall success of a program. A study is proposed to determine if informing locals prior to program implementation is worthwhile