[NAFEX] How to get (and keep) a junk yard cat/cat predation
jacqueline.jameson at gmail.com
Wed Feb 14 16:26:49 EST 2007
Go to www.audubon.org and do a search for cats. You'll find all sorts or
research, information and campaigns addressing this serious issue for bird
On 2/14/07, road's end farm <organic101 at linkny.com> wrote:
> On Feb 14, 2007, at 10:23 AM, Brungardt, Sam wrote:
> > I find it difficult to accept your view that your cats don't do much
> > harm to birds; it's been well establishedby studies both here in the
> > USA and Britain that cats allowed to roam outdoors kill a lot of
> > birds, both adult and juvenile. -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn.
> Some cats do. Some cats don't. I very much doubt that the studies
> focused on the habits and hunting abilities of individual cats. I think
> the person you're answering was referring to the hunting habits of her
> particular cats:
> > ----[partial quote]-----
> > I would warn you that not all cats chase squirrels. Mine have
> > elminated mice, rats, moles, tree shrews, rabbits. The squirrels,
> > raccoons, and possums remain. They don't do much to the birds,
> Many areas with a lot of free-roaming cats no longer have most of the
> original predators who preyed on birds in that area. I don't know if
> anyone has ever done studies correcting for this factor, to try to
> determine whether the bird mortality rate from cats is higher than a
> natural background rate with no cats, but with other bird predators in
> the area.
> Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
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