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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-04-2011, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Has radio tagging been done with ferals? It seems to me it would be a great way to keep track of a particular group,AND check in on individual cats,make sure they're getting along O.K.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-05-2011, 09:00 AM
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Are you talking about the new product that attaches to a collar and you can track an animals by GPS on your cell phone? More info please. Im not sure what radio tagging is but Im a techno ninny!
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-05-2011, 10:15 AM
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I think the OP is talking about chipping. Like what they do with wild animals that are rereleased. It's an interesting possibility, but wouldn't be pretty expensive.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-07-2011, 12:00 AM
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The tagging I'm familiar with uses collar transmitters that are on the animals neck.
The animal is tracked with a direction finding antenna from an aircraft or truck.
This method is used by wildlife scientists.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 11:34 PM
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There have been researchers doing this locally where I live. Here is a fairly recent article: Researchers track the secret lives of feral and free-roaming house cats | News Bureau | University of Illinois

Interesting stuff, but pricey, not just in initial equipment but in support and man hours as well. I can't see it as much of a viable option for most feral colonies as a matainence tool, it is hard enough to raise enough man power and money for basic vet care & feeding.
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