Reading down to very near the end of this alarming-sounding article, it
turns out that what they're calling "wildlife" is rodents-- "mice,
shrews, voles, squirrels and rabbits." No doubt cats kill other small
mammals from time to time, but not enough to have made their list.
Maybe they treasure their mice and voles in the U.K. and consider them
wildlife, but I sure don't, I consider them a destructive pain in the
***. The only bird species they mention is robins. All these species
are very far from being decimated. They're thriving.
When the article says, "the large magnitude of wildlife mortality caused
by cat predation," it sounds scary as heck, but we need to keep in
perspective what they're actually talking about. I for one have no
problem with a "large magnitude of wildlife mortality" when it comes to
We humans and our developments are by far the greatest perpetrator of
wildlife mortality on the planet, and not just mice and voles.
On 1/29/2013 3:50 PM, Lynette Reep wrote:
> Wow, doing more than wanton habitat destruction ("development") to
> decimate wildlife in the US? That is amazing.
> Lynette Reep
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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 annually.
>> 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.
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>> 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
>> 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
>> 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.
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