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N.J. Town Targets Cats in Effort to Protect Endangered Birds
FOX News/AP ^ | August 04, 2007

Posted on 08/05/2007 9:26:04 AM PDT by nuconvert

N.J. Town Targets Cats in Effort to Protect Endangered Birds

August 04, 2007

CAPE MAY, N.J. —

Cats are as much a part of this seaside town's genteel culture as rainbow-colored Victorian bed-and-breakfasts, trolley tours and cocktails on the porch at sunset.

They're also suspect No. 1 in many deaths of the endangered piping plover, a fist-sized, white-and-brown fuzzball of a bird that has closed beaches and stopped development projects in the interest of protecting their habitat.

With only 115 pairs of piping plovers left in the state, the federal government may intervene on the side of the birds, which has set both fur and feather flying here. Cat lovers fear the roaming felines will be euthanized, while bird lovers are wary of a rare species being wiped out.

"This is a very emotional issue; this really is a cat town," said resident Pat Peckham. "I think they should leave the cats where they are. I'm a firm believer in letting nature take its course."

A cat's nature and its appetite for critters are just what have bird enthusiasts concerned.

Cape May is one of the prime bird-watching spots in all of North America; the World Series of Birding is held here each year. And with bird watching and related expenditures bringing in nearly $2 billion a year to New Jersey's economy, the feathers may win this fight.

The plovers, which breed on East Coast beaches during warm weather, build nest in sandy, open stretches of beach, making them and their chicks easy prey for a variety of predators, including foxes, gulls, raccoons and cats.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: animalrights; birds; cats; newjersey; nj
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1 posted on 08/05/2007 9:26:08 AM PDT by nuconvert
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2 posted on 08/05/2007 9:26:40 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there are bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: nuconvert
Feral cats should be eradicated, they are a nuisance and they are hell on native birds. And, if people let their cats roam, and they get caught up and eradicated too, I give them my condolences, but if you love your pet you will not let it roam. There are far too many things that can happen to them.

susie

3 posted on 08/05/2007 9:29:40 AM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: nuconvert

Feral cats should be trapped and euthanized regardless of whether they affect an endangered bird species or not. They aren’t part of the natural ecosystem and they don’t belong there.


4 posted on 08/05/2007 9:30:43 AM PDT by flintsilver7
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To: nuconvert

They need to “target” dogs, too. We keep our cats indoors (so they won’t be coyote snacks), but when we had our dog here, he was a bird killing machine. No way to discourage him, either. Everyone is quick to blame cats for bird deaths and maulings, but dogs are just as bad.


5 posted on 08/05/2007 9:31:53 AM PDT by MizSterious (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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Who, Me?


6 posted on 08/05/2007 9:38:07 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there are bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: flintsilver7

Natural ecosystem? You sound like a Gore-ite.

Guess what? Lots of critters currently in the “ecosystem” aren’t natural to it—including us two legged critters. Most breeds of dogs aren’t aren’t natural to the “ecosystem” in the US, and let me tell you, packs of wild dogs are far more dangerous than feral cats. We had to shoot a number of them last year when they were running down our cattle. They killed several calves. These were dogs, not coyotes.

People bring their dogs to the country, then desert them to fend for themselves, and the next thing you know, they’ve joined a pack and have become a menace.


7 posted on 08/05/2007 9:38:57 AM PDT by MizSterious (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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We wouldn't hurt a fly


8 posted on 08/05/2007 9:41:36 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there are bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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I prefer ice cream to birdies


9 posted on 08/05/2007 9:42:59 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there are bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: MizSterious

I had a Siberian Husky like that. She stayed in the yard though. I don’t have a problem with any non-native animal being removed (killed or otherwise) to protect local native species. It’s too bad that someone, somewhere contributed to the problem by letting their domestic pets run wild.


10 posted on 08/05/2007 9:46:26 AM PDT by digitalbrownshirt (http://digitalbrownshirt.blogspot.com)
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To: nuconvert

You see a cute little endangered beach bird.

Your kitty sees lunch.


11 posted on 08/05/2007 9:51:23 AM PDT by RichInOC ("I CAN HAS PLOVR?")
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To: brytlea
Feral cats should be eradicated, they are a nuisance and they are hell on native birds. .

In my world you keep your animal in your yard are home if you want them healthy.

12 posted on 08/05/2007 9:56:35 AM PDT by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: flintsilver7

“They [cats] aren’t part of the natural ecosystem and they don’t belong there.”

Mice and rats are, though......


13 posted on 08/05/2007 9:58:13 AM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: nuconvert

I don’t necessarily disagree that something might need to be done with the cats but a questions arises with that 2 billion dollar figure. I’m having trouble believing that bird watching brings in 2 billion dollars into the state or if it does that the piping plover brings in the majority share of it. I’ll bet cats and their related expenses are a multibillion dollar addition to New Jersey, just in terms of the sales taxes on cat food, cat meds,kitty litter and related cat boxes, cat condos and beds, cat nip and cat toys.

So if you are going to cite economics, the cats win hands down!


14 posted on 08/05/2007 9:58:46 AM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: nuconvert
"a fist-sized, white-and-brown fuzzball of a bird that has closed beaches and stopped development projects in the interest of protecting their habitat."

Sounds like the sooner they become extinct, the better. Survival of the fittest, it's natures design. If they are too stupid to change their habits and nest where it's safe, then they can join the rest of the fossils. It's completely natural and has been happening for thousands (or billions if you are of that religion) years.

15 posted on 08/05/2007 10:03:22 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: org.whodat

Yup.
When we lived in East Texas (rural area) people would tell me how upset they were that their cat *ran away*, and I always thought...no, you’re cat was hit by a car, eaten by coyotes, shot by a farmer, or something like those things. It’s a short life for loose cats. I read a number of years ago that the average age at death for an intact tomcat who was allowed to roam was 5 years. I’m sure if they are neutered they last a little longer because they don’t get septic from a catfight. However, there are still cars and coyotes and people who don’t care for cats.
susie


16 posted on 08/05/2007 10:06:57 AM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: MizSterious

Gosh, it’s pretty difficult for a dog that is not roaming around to kill many birds. Not impossible (one of my goldens once caught a bird on the fly as it flew out of a bush while we were hunting with her—but it wasn’t a gamebird and we released it none the worse for wear), but unlikely enough that unless they are roaming at large they are probably not killing enough birds to make a dent. I also advocate dogs being kept on their own property and under control.
susie


17 posted on 08/05/2007 10:09:32 AM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ping!


18 posted on 08/05/2007 10:13:00 AM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (For evil to win, it is only necessary for Jimmy Carter to be considered a role model.)
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To: MizSterious
"Everyone is quick to blame cats for bird deaths and maulings, but dogs are just as bad."

No they aren't. Sounds like you dog picked up a bad habit which you were unable to break it of. Dogs don't normally become obsessed with killing tweety birds. They do have suppressed natural instincts to hunt rodents and larger game birds like pheasants and grouse. Usually you have to work with them to bring that out. They are quite content to depend on you to fill their dog dish and fetch the stick, which is why dogs are so loyal. It's all about the food dish for them.

Plus, there aren't packs of wild dogs roaming around in numbers anywhere near the numbers feral cats. You might be interested in using google to look up statistics on feral cats and the number of song birds they kill annually.

19 posted on 08/05/2007 10:21:18 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: RichInOC

“You see a cute little endangered beach bird.

Your kitty sees lunch.”

I see a threat to the Horseshoe crab population. Been through this already with crabs and migratory birds.

The cats kill the birds, the birds cannot eat all the crab eggs, the crabs clean the marshlands, the people can catch and eat healthy fish.


20 posted on 08/05/2007 10:23:09 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (When O'Reilly comes out from under his desk, tell him to give me a call. Hunter/Thompson in 08.)
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To: nuconvert

You do realize that your cat was licking his butt just before you opened that ice cream bar....


21 posted on 08/05/2007 10:26:20 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68

And that is why you need snakes. The cats are not the natural predator, but the snakes are. Too many of these are killed by people overreacting out of fear and ignaorance. And then they wonder why the rodents get out of control. See Chinas rat problem for reference.


22 posted on 08/05/2007 10:27:40 AM PDT by RoadGumby (Ask me about Ducky)
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Related:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1875233/posts
Jersey has tunnel vision for wildlife


23 posted on 08/05/2007 10:28:59 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Coleus; LonePalm; frithguild

ping


24 posted on 08/05/2007 10:29:36 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Slings and Arrows

ping


25 posted on 08/05/2007 10:30:22 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: nuconvert

I don’t think that having domestic and feral cats running all over is “letting nature take it’s course.”
What is this nonsense of trapping, neutering and releasing feral cats back into the wild. What utter stupidity. Kill all feral cats. They are bad news.


26 posted on 08/05/2007 10:32:24 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: digitalbrownshirt

I say outlaw Garfield - and Snoopy, too. Keep Tweetie.


27 posted on 08/05/2007 10:33:53 AM PDT by tennteacher (Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: nuconvert

Related:

Animal task force shows claws
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1280305/posts


28 posted on 08/05/2007 10:34:47 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: mdmathis6
I agree. 2 BILLION dollars for the sake of 115 birds, of which there are millions of other close relatives everywhere? That's just plain retarded.

There was a time when the taxpayer had control of his wallet. How did all these enviro-mental cases get unlimited access to our pocket books?

If feral cats are a problem, declare open season on them and be done with it. Besides, feral cats are more of a threat to domestic cats, raccoons, fox and other furry critters with all the diseases they carry like feline leukemia's, parvo virus, mange, etc. they spread around.

29 posted on 08/05/2007 10:38:50 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: To Hell With Poverty; Calpernia; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; ...
"Hi! I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you!"


30 posted on 08/05/2007 10:44:37 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Saudi Arabia is the grown-up version of an imaginary friend." --Dennis Miller)
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To: mdmathis6
I’m sure that 2 billion dollars is getting earmarked for something OTHER than saving the plover.

Please note, the target is a cat.

I guarantee you seagulls have more to do with the decline of the plover population than a cat does.

31 posted on 08/05/2007 10:48:41 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: nuconvert
....white-and-brown fuzzball of a bird that has closed beaches and stopped development projects in the interest of protecting their habitat.

Sounds like they need more feral cats, not less.

32 posted on 08/05/2007 11:02:23 AM PDT by Hacksaw (Appalachian by the grace of God! Montani Semper Liberi)
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To: brytlea

Most people in the country (no doubt where the birdwatchers watch birds) do NOT keep their dogs confined. That’s one reason why they move to the country—or so they say.


33 posted on 08/05/2007 11:02:36 AM PDT by MizSterious (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: Nathan Zachary

Dogs like to hunt. They like to hunt things that move. Everyone I know either complains about their dogs killing birds, or brags about it.


34 posted on 08/05/2007 11:06:58 AM PDT by MizSterious (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: Nathan Zachary

As I read the article, two billion is what birdwatchers spend in the state of New Jersey every year, not what the government is spending on the plovers.


35 posted on 08/05/2007 11:07:36 AM PDT by joylyn
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To: nuconvert; Slings and Arrows
Please save me.


36 posted on 08/05/2007 11:08:25 AM PDT by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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To: Daffynition

cute little fuzzball


37 posted on 08/05/2007 11:11:16 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there are bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: nuconvert
I got Cat traps from the city and they would take them to the SPCA.
If someone’s property was caught, they could retrieve them.

A nutty neighbor started opening the traps to let the cats out.
I started shooting them!

38 posted on 08/05/2007 11:11:34 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: Calpernia

cat fight, the cat lovers aren’t going to like this.


39 posted on 08/05/2007 12:16:32 PM PDT by Coleus (Pro Deo et Patria)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
A nutty neighbor started opening the traps to let the cats out.

I started shooting them!

I'm surprised you didn't get in trouble for shooting your neighbors!

Mark

40 posted on 08/05/2007 12:20:34 PM PDT by MarkL (Listen, Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government)
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To: MarkL

LOL the animals not humans!


41 posted on 08/05/2007 12:49:32 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: MizSterious

Yeah, we had occasional problems with people’s dogs when we lived in a rural area. There are alot of people out there who think that the world revolves around them.
susie


42 posted on 08/05/2007 1:36:45 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: MizSterious

One of my goldens is hell on lizards! But, she’s never caught a bird so far as I know.
susie


43 posted on 08/05/2007 1:38:35 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: nuconvert
I'd comment but I don't have a dog in this race. ;-)

OK, really, I guess one has to choose their favorite of the two. I have to choose the cat over the bird, because I've yet to have a cat fly over my car and release droppings on it. Birds do this all the time.

44 posted on 08/05/2007 1:38:58 PM PDT by meyer (It's the entitlements, stupid!)
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To: nuconvert

We should care for those critters among us who are most vulnerable. IMO the ferals should be eliminated permanently. These precious shore birds have enough natural predators as it is.


45 posted on 08/05/2007 1:44:16 PM PDT by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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To: nuconvert

“And with bird watching and related expenditures bringing in nearly $2 billion a year to New Jersey’s economy, the feathers may win this fight.”

Translation: “We really don’t give a rats a$$ about the stupid bird - we just don’t want to see any of that lovely money leave our state”


46 posted on 08/05/2007 1:48:09 PM PDT by SAMS ("I may look harmless, but I raised a U.S. MARINE!" Army Wife & Marine Mom)
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To: brytlea

The golden I grew up with apparently had some kind of lizard-catching quota. She must have gotten a bonus if she made us holler by putting them in our shoes.


47 posted on 08/05/2007 1:51:31 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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To: Xenalyte
LOL! I’m not going to mention that to Pauli, she would probably add it to her repertoire!

susie

48 posted on 08/05/2007 1:54:40 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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49 posted on 08/05/2007 1:55:12 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (It's never a good time to get sucked into an evil vortex.)
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To: brytlea

The first time it happened was to my brother. He yelled so loud, the neighbors woke up. Come to find out, the dog had gifted him with half of the lizard - the half with the head still on.

You wouldn’t have thought growing up in suburban Houston would have taught us to do a daily shoe-check.


50 posted on 08/05/2007 1:55:56 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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