Wow, doing more than wanton habitat destruction ("development") to
decimate wildlife in the US? That is amazing.
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> Cats killing billions of animals in the US
> By Rebecca MorelleScience reporter, BBC World ServiceFeline friend
> or feline fiend?
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> Cats are one of the top threats to US wildlife, killing billions
> of animals each year, a study suggests.
> The authors estimate they are responsible for the deaths of
> between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and 6.9-20.7 billion mammals
> Writing in Nature Communications, the scientists said stray and
> feral cats were the worst offenders.
> However, they added that pet cats also played a role and that
> owners should do more to reduce their impact.
> The authors concluded that more animals are dying at the claws of
> cats in the United States than in road accidents, collisions with
> buildings or poisonings.
> The domestic cat's killer instinct of has been well documented on
> many islands around the world.
> Felines accompanying their human companions have gone on to
> decimate local wildlife, and they have been blamed for the global
> extinction of 33 species.
> But their impact on mainland areas has been harder to chart.
> To find out more, researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation
> Biology Institute (SCBI) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service
> carried out a review of studies that had previously looked at the
> predatory prowess of cats.
> Continue reading the main story“Start Quote
> Our study suggests that they are the top threat to US wildlife”
> Dr Pete MarraSCBI
> Their analysis revealed that the cat killings were much higher
> than previous studies had suggested: they found that they had killed
> more than four times as many birds as has been previously estimated.
> Birds native to the US, such as the American Robin, were most at
> risk, and mice, shrews, voles, squirrels and rabbits were the
> mammals most likely to be killed.
> Dr Pete Marra from the SCBI said: "Our study suggests that they
> are the top threat to US wildlife."
> The team said that "un-owned" cats, which they classified as
> strays, feral cats and farm cats, were killing about three times as
> many animals as pet cats, but that their owners could do more to
> limit the impact.
> Dr Marra said: "We hope that the large amount of wildlife
> mortality indicated by our research convinces some cat owners to
> keep their cats indoors and that it alerts policymakers, wildlife
> managers and scientists to the large magnitude of wildlife mortality
> caused by cat predation."
> A spokeswoman for the UK's animal welfare charity the RSPCA said
> that a properly fitted collar and bell could reduce a cat's success
> when hunting by at least a third.
> Posted by Veer Frost, Passumpsic