Population dynamics, diet and aspects of the biology of feral cats and foxes in arid South Australia

  title={Population dynamics, diet and aspects of the biology of feral cats and foxes in arid South Australia},
  author={John L. Read and Zo{\"e} Bowen},
  journal={Wildlife Research},
  • J. ReadZoë Bowen
  • Published 12 April 2001
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • Wildlife Research
Average cat and fox densities at Roxby Downs, in northern South Australia, of 0.8 and 0.6 km–2 respectively, determined through spotlight counts over a 10-year period, probably considerably underestimate true densities. Peak rabbit populations coincided with high fox numbers, which probably suppressed cat densities. Cat abundance peaked when fox numbers were low but rabbit numbers were relatively high. When abundant, rabbits were the principal prey of both cats and foxes. Declines in rabbits… 

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