Saturday, April 11, 2009

Feral cats to be eliminated from island

The cats have taken a large toll on other animals, officials said. The non-native cats are preying on shorebirds and seabirds on the Navy-owned island, as well other endangered species.
Last year, federal wildlife biologists wrote a proposal to kill all wild cats living on the island. Opposition from animal rights groups was included in a public review, which brought comments from about 5,000 to 7,000 people from around the country denouncing the plan. Some, like the Humane Society, offered alternatives to killing the cats.

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