[NAFEX] cat predation
jacqueline.jameson at gmail.com
Wed Feb 14 16:58:59 EST 2007
Sure, I will look for something and post it.
I think one of the most important points is that the domestic cat is a
non-native predator. There was not a similar predator before the
introduction of the domestic cat. In other words, they aren't filling a
niche vacated by an extirminated natural predator.
Predation by the cat has a great impact on already diminished populations.
The other important facts are that the cat is a very effective predator and
that the cat will hunt even though not hungry. Free-roaming cats and feral
cats are estimated to be responsible for hundreds of millions of wild bird
deaths (rate depends on the area of the country).
On 2/14/07, road's end farm <organic101 at linkny.com> wrote:
> On Feb 14, 2007, at 4:26 PM, Jackie Jameson wrote:
> > 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 conservation.
> > Jackie
> I've seen a batch of such studies. Do you know if they have anything
> addressing the specific issue I raised (below)? Can you link it, if so?
> I'm on a slow phone line and it can take me a very long time to hunt
> through most web sites.
> > On 2/14/07, road's end farm <organic101 at linkny.com> wrote:
> >> 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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