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Cats killing billions of animals in the US

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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one of our cats is a ruthless killer (although he's affectionate with people and other cats)

 

so we put a bell on him; but he managed to get rid of the collar

so we put another collar on him

but he managed to get rid of it

so we put another collar on him

 

etc etc

any advice gratefully received

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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.

 

fecking big leap from 6.9 to 20.7 billion...

 

one of our cats is a ruthless killer (although he's affectionate with people and other cats)

 

so we put a bell on him; but he managed to get rid of the collar

so we put another collar on him

but he managed to get rid of it

so we put another collar on him

 

etc etc

any advice gratefully received

 

doesn't make any odds ours has devastated the local mouse population despite having a bell...

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one of our cats is a ruthless killer (although he's affectionate with people and other cats)

 

so we put a bell on him; but he managed to get rid of the collar

so we put another collar on him

but he managed to get rid of it

so we put another collar on him

 

etc etc

any advice gratefully received

 

Put another collar on him.

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fecking big leap from 6.9 to 20.7 billion...

 

 

 

doesn't make any odds ours has devastated the local mouse population despite having a bell...

 

as Gary Numan once said when asked about his views on vivisection and cruelty to animals - "basically it's tough s*** on the animals!"

 

also there are too many birds and mice in the fields at the back so he's doing a good job for the balance of nature

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one of our cats is a ruthless killer (although he's affectionate with people and other cats)

 

so we put a bell on him; but he managed to get rid of the collar

so we put another collar on him

but he managed to get rid of it

so we put another collar on him

 

etc etc

any advice gratefully received

Cow-bell piercing?

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one of our neighbors put in an underground fence to keep their cat in their yard after they saw it ripping apart rabbits and squirrels.

 

we have 3 cats that are not old enough to go out yet, but they are honing their hunting skills on our dog.

 

there are no laws in Nebraska concerning feral/stray cats, but the Humane Society pulls out all the stops for a stray dog, or a racoon out during the day.

 

if w could stop all the old dears feeding the stray cats, maybe the problem would diminish.

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there is a growing voice in new zealand to neuter all cats and eradicate them from the country in order to protect and reinvigorate the indigineous species..

 

this had better be a load of b****x

 

just looked and it's not

fortunately it appears to be the work of a lone crackpot

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this had better be a load of b****x

 

There was an article on the Guardian site about it recently. The article also pointed out that there was some debate about the accuracy of the supposed effect of cats on wildlife populations. There is a lot of suppositions and extrapolations being made. Hard data is in short supply.

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there is a growing voice in new zealand to neuter all cats and eradicate them from the country in order to protect and reinvigorate the indigineous species..

 

 

New Zealand has no indigenous species other than some bats and marine animals, I don't see the local moggies getting together to hunt bats.

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