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Study: Kitties kill 500 million birds, should be regulated
washingtonexaminer ^ | 8/6/12 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 08/06/2012 2:16:31 PM PDT by ColdOne

Pet kitties and their wild feral relatives kill a shocking 500 million birds and over 3 billion other animals according to new studies, prompting a leading Washington-based bird protection group to demand that local governments order their dog catchers to snag cats too.

One disturbing new study is based on evidence from "KittyCams" strapped on to 60 outdoor pet cats in Athens, Ga. The results: They each averaged 2.1 "kills" a week. Just 13 percent were birds, the rest voles, lizards, chipmunks, frogs and small snakes.

Based on the joint University of Georgia-National Geographic study of pet cats and another of feral cats from the University of Nebraska, the American Bird Conservancy said over 4 billion birds and animals are killed yearly by the felines, four-times the previous estimate. The group blames the extinction of some birds on the killer cats. "Cat predation is one of the reasons why one in three American bird species are in decline," said George Fenwick of the conservancy.

While it would be hard to get cat owners to keep their pets inside, the group wants cat lovers and local governments to stop coddling feral cats and round them up.

"Wildlife are being slaughtered and so often community leaders only seem to express concern for the cats," conservancy spokesman Robert Johns told Secrets.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: birds; cats; kittyping; regulate; regulation; wildlife
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To: stormer

However mice, which carry serious diseases for humans, and Grizzly Bears, which tend to eat humans now and then are both native species.

So it’s perfectly natural to get sick and end up as grizzly poop.

Still does not make it a good idea, like having a house cat.


51 posted on 08/06/2012 2:59:37 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: MagUSNRET
They do not kill for the fun of it!

At one time we had four cats and actually they did!!!Their instinct is to hunt so if they get a chance they will do just that. We were always finding dead prey on our porch. Point is the more birds there are the more birds cats will kill...it's a ratio thing!!

52 posted on 08/06/2012 2:59:51 PM PDT by ontap
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To: American in Israel

Where I live no cats. Birds eat them. Yeah I am talking the big birds, falcons, eagles owls.


53 posted on 08/06/2012 3:01:43 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eat my dog!)
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To: null and void

Cat should be made to become vegetarians. /x


54 posted on 08/06/2012 3:03:00 PM PDT by elephant
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To: null and void

Cat should be made to become vegetarians. /s


55 posted on 08/06/2012 3:03:15 PM PDT by elephant
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To: ColdOne

We need more cats, there are too many birds.


56 posted on 08/06/2012 3:03:58 PM PDT by CodeToad (History says our end is near.)
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To: ColdOne

Years ago, my beautiful momma cat walked in the door with a note attached to her collar. “She needs a bell. She’s destroying the bird population.” My 8-yr. old turned to me and said, “Obviously a liberal. They all love nature, but they hate how it works.” (He was a very precocious child.)


57 posted on 08/06/2012 3:06:37 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: Flycatcher

Birdie ping.


58 posted on 08/06/2012 3:08:33 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: workerbee
I love this. Thanks for posting it. :)
59 posted on 08/06/2012 3:08:53 PM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!!)
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To: ColdOne

The neighbors’ semi-feral cats hunt in my backyard for alligator lizards, rats and mice, and other nasty stuff. They can hang out as much as they want — they’re automatic vermin control, and I don’t even have to feed them :-)


60 posted on 08/06/2012 3:10:01 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: ColdOne
Yeah, can't let Nature be a contributing factor in which species propagate, and which ones decline. That would be MADNESS!!

Far better to have wise solons on high to determine the winners and losers, just like in economics. After all, that's why our economy is doing so well right now!!

61 posted on 08/06/2012 3:10:19 PM PDT by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: Mach9

Great story...smart kid...lol


62 posted on 08/06/2012 3:10:27 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: ColdOne; Slings and Arrows

Sothen. Prevent the birds from flying over kitteh territory. Simple!


63 posted on 08/06/2012 3:11:59 PM PDT by Monkey Face (I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for it.)
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To: ColdOne
kill a shocking 500 million birds and over 3 billion other animals according to new studies

Big round numbers are always a sign that the publication is an agenda and not a study.
64 posted on 08/06/2012 3:16:04 PM PDT by PA Engineer ("We're not programs, Gerty, We're People")
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To: null and void

Bird feeders bring in rats and mice too. I have several feral cats that live around here and they rarely bother my feeders , but they do hunt the mice and rats at night around the feeders. I feed the feral kitties and they live in my greenhouse in the winter(yes I put in pet doors for them...lol). They have all been spayed or neutered by someone else. I suspect they are getting dumped around here from time to time. There are 3 that have been around for several years now.


65 posted on 08/06/2012 3:17:19 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: American in Israel

Rome also has a problem with ferals. The famous “gattis” take care of them. When I was in Rome last, I dropped a few bucks into their coffers.


66 posted on 08/06/2012 3:17:30 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Slings and Arrows; ColdOne

And yet, there are still millions and millions of birds, all doing what G-d intended.

Just last week, we had hundreds of starlings thugging it up in our yard and scaring the robins.

They’re all over the neighbor’s corn fields, and we could use some outdoor cats to quell them a bit.

My three cats stay inside 100% of the time because there are eagles, hawks, and turkey vultures flying around here all the time.

The birds are 100% more in danger from raptors and other predators than from my cats.

Stinkin’ liberals should quit trying to think that they know better than G-d about what the balance of nature should be.

Second-guessing the Creator. Never a great idea.

Trying to take my pets away. A really, really, really BAD idea.


67 posted on 08/06/2012 3:18:06 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: DannyTN

ROTFLMAO! Perfect.


68 posted on 08/06/2012 3:19:03 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: ColdOne

I saw a Coyote doing his part to reduce the excess cat population. They like to eat Chihauas also.


69 posted on 08/06/2012 3:24:54 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: penelopesire

I’m part of a program set up by the ASPCA called (I think) Capture, Neuter/Spay, Release. I took home two ferals (with microchips and rabie shots), a tiny shelter, and freed them in my backyard. I feed and water them everyday. One is less afraid of me but the other is a real tiger! She resents having to take food from me and turns over her water bowl every night with real violence. But she still comes and eats...


70 posted on 08/06/2012 3:24:58 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: stormer

Plants and animals migrating from one part of the planet to another is as old as life itself and about as natural as natural gets.


71 posted on 08/06/2012 3:33:23 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: ColdOne
It's fun to slaughter such sacred cows (animal worship, environmentalism and other progressive/socialist propaganda putsches) with their own paradoxes and contradictions.

Putting Wind Power's Effect on Birds in Perspective

Mick Sagrillo, Sagrillo Power & Light Co.
AWEA

[...]

Cats, both feral and housecats, also take their toll on birds. A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) report states that, "recent research suggests that rural free-ranging domestic cats in Wisconsin may be killing between 8 and 217 million birds each year. The most reasonable estimates indicate that 39 million birds are killed in the state each year."

[...]

Cats and Wildlife: A Conservation Dilemma p. 2.

Cats and Wildlife: A Conservation Dilemma; John S. Coleman, Stanley A. Temple, and Scott R. Craven; University of Wisconsin-Extension; 1997.

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In a few years, after the great bond collapse and repudiation of debt, spoiled, socialist suburbanites might be eating their "soulmates" (meow, ney, whinny, bark).


72 posted on 08/06/2012 3:34:22 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: ColdOne

They should expand Chinese restaurants to all neighborhoods.


73 posted on 08/06/2012 3:35:39 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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To: Cyman

Guns don’t kill.
Kitties do.

Register all felines!!!!!!

You will have to pry mine from my cold, dead hands.


74 posted on 08/06/2012 3:36:52 PM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: familyop
rural free-ranging domestic cats in Wisconsin may be killing between 8 and 217 million birds each year.

Between 8 and 217 million? That's the closest estimate they could get??? Yeah... sounds like a reliable statistic to me.

75 posted on 08/06/2012 3:45:02 PM PDT by workerbee (June 28, 2012 -- 9/11 From Within)
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To: ColdOne

Would you want this rat or the cat?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av0XyqDrUn4&feature=related


76 posted on 08/06/2012 4:01:15 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: ColdOne

I call BS. I’ve had multiple cats (usually 3 at a time) my entire life. Some of these cats were fierce hunters making kils every day. Even those cats caught birds only rarely - not as often as once a year. Birds are difficult for cats to catch. They typically catch only those birds who have poor survival skills.


77 posted on 08/06/2012 4:01:15 PM PDT by Roses0508 (th)
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To: ColdOne

Circle of life starring cat and rat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QcCOpEsV4I&feature=endscreen&NR=1


78 posted on 08/06/2012 4:02:54 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: null and void

Circle of life starring cat and rat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QcCOpEsV4I&feature=endscreen&NR=1


79 posted on 08/06/2012 4:04:43 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: ColdOne

What do you know? Dogs kill rats too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxQksEF2uso&NR=1&feature=endscreen


80 posted on 08/06/2012 4:06:26 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: Slings and Arrows
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81 posted on 08/06/2012 4:11:23 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: ColdOne
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82 posted on 08/06/2012 4:15:09 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: SkyDancer

LOL!


83 posted on 08/06/2012 4:20:38 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eat my dog!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

We have a long sunroom on the back of the house. Today a female cardinal kept pecking on all the windows out there most of the day. Our little kitty ran herself ragged trying to get at that dratted bird. I HOPE our kitty will pretty soon get to be put outside more (much more) so she can live a normal wildcat life and catch birds, mice, lizards and all that. - How will they regulate her?


84 posted on 08/06/2012 4:21:24 PM PDT by Twinkie (Live and let live.)
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To: miss marmelstein

You are a good woman. I have to take my food up at night cause of the coons and possums but sometimes I forget and they turn the bowls over and such. It might be the coons in your neighborhood turning the water over.


85 posted on 08/06/2012 4:27:08 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: ColdOne

Stray and feral cats do little bird killing on our property as they all get shot on sight. We’ve got a couple barn cats but they stay close to the barn and those that don’t end up being coyote food.


86 posted on 08/06/2012 4:27:15 PM PDT by MeganC (The Cinemark theatre in Aurora, CO is a 'Gun Free Zone'. Spread the word.)
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To: rockvillem

Just damn. But I’m not surprised.


87 posted on 08/06/2012 4:30:51 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: ColdOne

I occasionally rescue a bird or a lizard from the cats and set them free. Now it makes me wonder if I could be in violation of wildlife laws that prohibit the possession or transport of wild animals, even though I’m taking them from in the house out to the yard. YIKES!


88 posted on 08/06/2012 4:31:11 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: stormer

Every cat I’ve had, none feral, hunted and killed whenever they were able, and always ate it too. They only exception was the one who caught a squirrel and only ate half of.


89 posted on 08/06/2012 4:36:00 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: miss marmelstein
She resents having to take food from me and turns over her water bowl every night with real violence. But she still comes and eats...

Some behaviors are consistant, there are a lot of feral humans that act like that.
90 posted on 08/06/2012 4:37:46 PM PDT by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: Emperor Palpatine
Serves the damn birds right. They wait til I’m done washing my car then they hit it with bird guano like a squadron of dive bombers.

I hear ya, I'm with ya. Leave the kitties alone. Mom has a 2004 Hyundai and I have a 1999 Blazer, I want to keep them in good shape as long as I can.
91 posted on 08/06/2012 4:42:31 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (June 28th, 2012, the Day America Jumped The Shark.)
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To: stormer

My cat eats the hell out of his prey. Two months ago my family and I were all sitting on our patio watching him go. Within 40 minutes he got a bird, a rabbit, a lizard and a cricket. Ate every last bit of fur and feather.

He’s 16 pounds, has an unlimited supply of Purina cat food and gets moist dog food as a treat every day. (The damn animal snagged a half a cucumber off the counter while my daughter was making a salad a couple of years ago and ate the whole thing.)

The point you have to take from the first story is that there were enough prey animals available for him to easily catch within a 40 minute time period. In the seven years that we lived in TX, we only had ONE mouse in the house. He kept down snakes (loved to eat baby rattlers), squirrels, mice, rats and insects. And he never ran low on supplies. Rabbits, birds and squirrels abound.

And was was, by far, not the only cat in our area. If it weren’t for cats, we’d be overrun in no time.

Are the alternatives of property destruction, chemical pesticides or kill traps better than a cat? What about the diseases spread by prey animals?


I just took a break to take a call from my mom and she reminded me of an incident that we witnessed about 25 years ago.

We lived in a trailer court in Wyoming that was overrun with feral cats. The city decided to capture and put down the cats. They caught over 100 cats in just a couple of months.

About two months of being practically cat-free the prey animals started multiplying. We all got mice in our houses. Poop everywhere.

But that wasn’t the worst of it. Two mother skunks brought in their babies and some males followed the mamas. (The babies grew fast.) Next came in the raccoons and the opossums. (The cats had deterred the opossums - now we had kissing, fanged marsupials in our garbage cans.)

One neighbor got blasted by a skunk when she was headed to her car. A child was attacked by a raccoon. (Just scratched, but it scared the heck out of everyone.)

For the first time in our lives, we were sincerely afraid of rabies.

We lobbied the city to stop the cat-capturing program and won. For awhile, we discussed capturing and releasing feral cats from other parts of the city, but they came back on their own once we stopped trapping them.

Cats were not part of the North American ecosystem, but they sure are now. Nature has adapted well.

You see, things cannot revert to the way they were - WE are here. We bring garbage and food storage. THAT is not natural. The cats balance out OUR impact.

Without them, prey animals would find a ready source of food from the waste and storage of human beings and multiply in an unnatural manner. We need them and have for thousands of years.

(If you ever watch a colony of mice eat a live pig, you’d root for the cats.)


92 posted on 08/06/2012 4:54:23 PM PDT by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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To: null and void

Geez! No one is talking about extermination of cats. It just makes common sense to keep your cat indoors. Mine is not allowed outside unless we have him on a tether.

Even at 12 our cat is still a deadly hunter, and I appreciate that skill in my house when the mice come indoors, but I find it reprehensible that people let cats out to kill off wildlife for no good reason.


93 posted on 08/06/2012 5:14:28 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: ColdOne

We live next door to a vacant/foreclosed McMansion. The owners had a fancy fish pond with Koi and whatever out back. After a year of neglect the pool has regressed to nature.

I started noticing dead frog parts in the lawn awhile back where I had never seen anything but live toads. My son was up early one morning and saw our cat coming back with a nice frog. He only eats the rear legs and gets one almost everyday for breakfast. I’m thinking he’s helping keep the pond’s fauna in equilibrium.


94 posted on 08/06/2012 5:43:41 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: Bigg Red

They never start by stating their real goals.


95 posted on 08/06/2012 6:02:33 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1294 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: ColdOne

Years ago, I had a black and white fluffy cat who, from standing still position, could jump straight up a long way.

Blue jays would dive bomb her, attacking her. One day, she jumped stright up and a blue jay flew right in her mouth. Good for her, that taught the blue jay’s friends a lesson.

Years after that, she was killed by two big sized standard poodles. I don’t care for standard poodle killers.


96 posted on 08/06/2012 6:09:05 PM PDT by Marcella (The power to tax is the power to destroy.)
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To: DannyTN

My can unintentionally redistributes her kill when she comes in loudly bragging about it, and the corgi takes it away from her.


97 posted on 08/06/2012 6:25:53 PM PDT by Library Lady
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To: ColdOne

Those wouldn’t be particular Kittehs with Scandinavian (AKA “Viking”) Ancestry, would they? :-)


98 posted on 08/06/2012 6:28:33 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Haven't these people ever heard of the Circle of Life?

Yes, but sounds like were dealing with Liberals here; so the Circle of Life goes like this:

I go to work, goberment steals my earnings, goberment gives stolen earnings to Liberal slackoffs.

I go to work, goberment steals my earnings, goberment gives stolen earnings to Liberal slackoffs.

If diagrammed on paper it would actually look like the Square of Life; since Liberals believe circles have corners.

99 posted on 08/06/2012 6:37:41 PM PDT by skully (My pets are Democrats!!!)
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To: DannyTN

“•Mice under 500 grams must be thrown back.

That’s a big freaking mouse....hell that’s a good
sized rat. 500 grams is 1.1 pounds.


100 posted on 08/06/2012 6:49:03 PM PDT by nvscanman
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