By Rachel Bayless1, Nathan Pennington2

1. Mathematics, Agnes Scott College, Decatur GA USA 2. Mathematics, Creighton University, Omaha NE USA

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This activity is structured as a letter from a company seeking assistance with a mathematical problem. The students will act as professional mathematical consultants and write a report analyzing the client's problem. The client company is a fictional organization which advocates for the use of trap-neuter-return (TNR) as a control method for feral cat colonies. The students will utilize modified exponential growth models to analyze the efficacy of TNR compared to a euthanasia program.

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  • Rachel Bayless; Nathan Pennington (2016), "1-021-S-FeralCatControl," https://www.simiode.org/resources/1438.

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