Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Endangered Shorebirds Killed by Feral Cats

Can you give me one good reason why there is a feral cat feeding station near Hampton Beach?

Two endangered piping plover chicks orphaned in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, were released this week at Scarborough Beach, Maine, by Maine Audubon, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The chicks were orphaned the day after they hatched in mid-July, when their male parent was killed by a feral cat and their female parent and a third chick died shortly afterwards from injuries inflicted by a cat. There is a feral cat feeding station near Hampton Beach.
"Cats in the wild present a danger to wildlife. In a fragile ecosystem with endangered birds like plovers, cats can have a disastrous impact on the population," said John Kanter, coordinator of N.H. Fish and Game's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program.
The three orphaned chicks and their injured mother were brought by N.H. Fish and Game to the Center for Wildlife in York, Maine, the rehabilitation facility closest to the nesting site. The female and one chick died the first night; the two surviving chicks were taken to a rehabilitation specialist in Bridgton, Maine, where they were cared for until their release earlier this week.


Birdfreak said...

It is so sad and pathetic that people feeling sorry for feral cats would put our endangered species at risk. The person (people) feeding the cats should be charged with violations of the endangered species act.

I guess the only good reason for a feral feeding station would be it would make it a bit easier to round up the worthless creatures and remove them from the natural world.

Bird Advocate said...

Yes sir, it is a sorry demonstration of priorities. Thank goodness we don't have to change their minds, only the politicians.