Title: Modeling the Feral Cat Population in Knox County, TN
Mentors: Dr. Suzanne Lenhart (Mathematics) and Dr. John New (Veterinary Medicine)
Collaborators: Dr. Teresa Jennings & Heidi Weimer
This group will investigate a population model at the community level for feral cats. Feral cats are domestically-bred cats living in colonies; they are wild and not used to human contact. As free-roaming cats, ferals are responsible for declining wildlife populations, nuisance complaints, and disease concerns. We will estimate the number of feral cats in our county and predict future population growth with a model. We will consider effects of spay/neuter strategies, appropriate intervention timing, and its potential impact on intake and euthanasia rates at our local animal shelter. We expect to use data from the literature and from local sources.
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