Domestic cats threatening native wildlife

An interesting piece of research came out a couple of weeks back in Nature Communications, with a write-up on Mongabay:

…feral cats kill a median of 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals a year, most of which are native species… and establish(es) cats as a major threat to native wildlife, claiming more birds and mammals than collisions with windows and windmills, automobile strikes, and pesticides and poisons.

… the results could exacerbate the long-running conflict between animal welfare advocates and conservationists…

“Projects to manage free-ranging cats, such as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) colonies, are potentially harmful to wildlife populations, but are implemented… without … consideration of scientific evidence…”

Something to think about both as a Buddhist and as a science worker.


1 Comment

  1. 7 June 2013 at 08:38

    […] Cats and dogs are known to hunt and kill other small wildlife. The Oatmeal had an interesting post on murderous cats that have been circulating around for some time now. But it’s true. That’s why we’re not allowed to bring pets such as dogs with us when we visit the nature reserves. And recently, I saw a pack of wild dogs within the Upper Peirce Reservoir area. […]

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