Australians killing millions of feral cats

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    A 2017 study published in the journal Biological Conservation found that cats in Australia are estimated to kill 377 million birds and 649 reptiles every year, the Independent reported.

    Before everyone gets their britches in an uproar, this is a problem found throughout the world. Humans bring species to areas where they become a serious thread to the local fauna. Islands are particularly susceptible and cats seem to be the most serious threat. Here in the USA, wild hogs are an example; another species brought from Europe. That and huge snakes in our southern swamps.

    Feral cats are a nationally significant pest that threaten our unique native fauna. While recognizing the important role of domestic cats as companion animals, domestic and stray cats may also threaten native fauna,” the Australian National Declaration said, in part.

    Ministers also agreed that the management of feral cats will be considered a priority in threatened species recovery programs,” the declaration added.

    More @ Australian officials killing millions of feral cats with poisoned sausages
     
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    the next step reintroduction of T - devil and Comodo dragon

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    Cats are a non-native invasive species in Australia.

    The havoc they wreak on indigenous wildlife has brought several species of birds and small mammals to extinction or endangered status.

    So don't get your knickers in a twist over the Australians attempting to save their native wildlife from a foreign invasive species
     
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    Same problem with Rabbits as an invasive species isn't it ??
     
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    it fixed already
     
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    Same here. There are places where you dont hear any song birds because of the feral cats. I hate them.
     
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    Australia's commitment to killing 2 million feral cats to protect its native wildlife may be unnecessary. The population size of feral cats in natural environments in Australia fluctuates between 1.4 and 5.6 million, depending on rainfall. There may actually be less than 2 million feral cats in Australia.





    I don't think feral cats can actually survive in the wild in Australia, where natural conditions are too harsh for their survival. In 30 years' time winter will be non-existent in Australia apart from a few places in Tasmania, which would reduce the feral cat population naturally. The Australian Wildlife Conservancy's claim that feral cats in Australia kill about 316 million birds and 596 million reptiles annually is based on shaky science. The far-left environmentalists are pushing their agenda with exaggerated figures.

     
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    Cats are super cute though ;)
     
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    Only my kids' cats (2 in total). The rest are just vermin.

    Greg
    They have few natural predators here so they breed rapidly with high survival rates. What suffer are our birds and marsupials.

    Greg
     
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