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June 14, 2009

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cyborgsuzy

It makes even less sense when you consider that many of those other animals are also non-native. Probably the rabbits, squirrels, and many of the birds, not to even mention the plant species. The line between 'wild' and 'feral' becomes pretty arbitrary in park habitats.

BirdAdvocate

Feral cats are a domestic pet species, and as such should never be allowed outdoors in our fragile ecosystem.

Brent Toellner

BA,

By definition, a feral cat is one that is not domesticated.

In reality, our "fragile ecosystem" is filled with non-native species, including many types of birds, most types of squirrels, and thousands of non-native insects. It is just interesting that even given this, the only ones anyone ever talks about killing is the cats. If we were really concerned about the ecosystem, we'd be pushing to kill all of the non-native species of squirrels also....

MichelleD

Global warming, air pollution, urban sprawl, diminishing wildlife habitat, cars, herbicides/insectides from people's lawns and agriculture (killing insects ie food source and poisoning the wildlife), windmills, glass windows, dogs.

This list of things that kill birds is endless and somehow cats are the thing we pick on?

No, people should not dump their pets outside but "kill them" should never be the first answer for ANYTHING. Especially managed colonies where cats are altered, fed and otherwise cared for.

N.

I've never seen a squirrel or bird kill another animal for fun. Or 'play' with it as it kills it.

And MichelleD, if you look at the statistics on bird death, dogs kill at most 1/5th of the birds cats do.

Cats are one of the most destructive introduced species in the United States. My neighborhood here in KCK is infested with them. Many are probably indoor/outdoor cats that are fed regularly. Others may be feral. I have seen many dead bird carcasses where the only likely cause was a cat and my wife watched one torture a bird.

"You know, we'd never dream of paying taxpayer money to round up all the squirrels, oppossums, birds, and other animals that live among us in our cities. Why is it that for some reason, many people think rounding up all the feral cats is ok?"

Most of those animals aren't introduced. North America should have squirrels, birds, and oppossums. Feral cats are exotic, disease ridden (their bites are practically venomous to birds), and destroy other species. I know of no other species besides man that had causes so many other species to go extinct.

Oh, and if you want to another good reason cats are terrible, go read up on toxoplasmosa gondii and the latest research into how it changes human personality.

Redemp†ionis†

It's obvious the previous ailurophobic post was written by someone who plain just does not like cats, period; and if they had their way, they would ALL be exterminated -- domesticated pet and feral alike. To systematically categorize *any* group of animals as "terrible," however (and by inference, worthy of mass extinction), I suggest they stop wasting time posting on a blog and instead take up the issue of their inherently poor design with their Maker.

Jim Tucker

N:

Interesting logic. Based on your writing, I suspect you and your ancestors were not "native species" to these lands either, and have been responsible for bringing many diseases and much heartache.

Will you be advocating your removal as well?

I hope not, because the world needs to find ways for everyone to live together. You should also note that to identify the population of feral cats as "disease ridden" is simply not supportable. Research into these populations says they are no more diseased than typical pet cats (regardless of what "common wisdom" might say - perhaps that's why they call it "common"). While there may be some sick ones in your neighborhood, or some that are not managed as well as they could be, that does not mean that all are in that condition.

And to say they are responsible for extinction belies a clear misunderstanding of the human-produced issues of loss of habitat and the production of poisons that are introduced into our air and water, all of which are far more likely to impact the bird's survivability. Not to mention the lack of judgment displayed by municipalities who could simply support volunteers who would trap, neuter or spay, and return these animals to lead a less "reproductive" life.

Please don't blame the victim. There's enough of that going around already.

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