Monday, February 5, 2007

Feral Cat Myths: "Feral and free roaming cats are not major threats to our native wildlife."

Some estimates say the United States has as many as 60 million feral cats. And efforts to manage the population are coming under fire as being harmful to native wildlife. Today, Cats and Their Prey. I'm Kevin Pierce with the Florida Environment...
Researchers say feral cats in the U.S., each year, kill a billion small animals and birds, hundreds of millions of those in Florida. That's from a recent report on feral cats, their impact on wildlife, and laws that might govern them. Law student Pamela Hatley headed up the project, which found fault with present strategies for dealing with feral cats...
With data that shows feral cats kill up to a billion small animals in the U.S. each year, the threat to wildlife would seem evident. But animals competing for that same prey suffer as well. Feral Cats and Competition, I'm Kevin Pierce with the Florida Environment...
LINK

2 comments:

Starla said...

This one is criminal! I wish the animal control experts had the money to remove twenty or thirty million cats.
Duh! Why don't they fine the cat owners who abandon their cats and use that money?

Bird Advocate said...

That's a splendid suggestion, Starla. I'll send it to my Congressmen today.