"user" weirdly improving casual observation

This is happening a lot in my observations. When I post stray dogs/cats, and despite expliciting these observations belong to street/stray animals, these observations goes to casual, because apparently iNat marks those observations as if they were not wild, but they are.
This user is not clickable… even doesn’t have a profile :scream:

Here for example, this was a free-living cat without owners in a wetland in Lima,

What would be happening? anyone here with the same issue?


“The system will vote that the observation is not wild/naturalized if there are at least 10 other observations of a genus or lower in the smallest county-, state-, or country-equivalent place that contains this observation and 80% or more of those observations have been marked as not wild/naturalized.”


As Tony points out, it is a gatekeeper for highly likely cultivated/captive observations, which often observers forget to set the flag for. You can vote in the DQA to shift it back to wild… it may take a few votes, particularly if others have jumped in and marked it captive too, and you can tag in others to help add weight to your DQA vote if needed. It does help if you are very clear in your description that it is a wild/feral animal. Identifiers will assume it is captive, just as the system does, unless they can clearly see that it is not, and they are almost always acting in good faith with the DQAs they apply.


You can also add observation fields for feral/stray.

There’s also projects for documenting ferals (eg. , but not limited to the U.S.)

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