- Sep 21, 2012
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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.
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