Feral cats remain a hot-button issue

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 31, 2013 - 5:55 PM

Stoking the debate are a piece by environmental writer Ted Williams and controversy over the bird-kill count.

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verdepatoMar. 30, 13 7:21 PM

I have and will continue to shoot cats that are out of a yard and with no collar 30 + years the ago the DNR gave our group pheasant chicks to raise and release we were told then to shoot and any cat that is not where it belongs I have personally witnessed the damage that these nice little kittys do ( tongue in cheek ) I live in the country where people will drop off unwanted cats that totally wipeout the local bird and small mammals

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woodsman001Mar. 31, 13 3:26 AM

I was faced with literally hundreds of their cats that, after a 15 year invasive species vermin nightmare, had all but annihilated every last native animal on my lands. From smallest of prey that was gutted and skinned alive for cats' tortured play-toys up to the top predators that were starved to death from cats destroying their ONLY food sources. The moment I STOPPED trying to reason-with or engage the help of the cat-lickers who were creating and perpetuating the problem was the very moment the problem solved itself. I've not seen even one cat in over 3 years now, (Also disproving their oft-spewed and mythical "vacuum-effect" lie.) Rather than clutter up this board with one of my lengthy explanations, just Google for this complete search-string, as-is, including all quotes: "Licensing and laws do nothing to curb the problem" AND "I don't see anyone dumping cats where I live anymore" AND "irreversible consequences" Therein you'll find an answer that works, 100%, is permanent, is affordable by any individual, or any size of community, and all in less than 2 seasons of your effort. DONE AND OVER WITH. FINISHED. All you have to do is stop letting cat-lickers from manipulating you into wasting your valuable time and life with their invasive species vermin and just do what needs to be done. It's THAT simple.

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mn_windchillMar. 31, 13 7:11 AM

I have pet cats. And I feed the birds. Feral/dumped/roaming cats are a problem that I face. I dont let my cats roam and I dont want your cat on my property. Feral cats are invasive species just like carp or zebra mussels or milfoil.

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fishanhunt2Mar. 31, 13 8:20 AM

Feral cats are not pets and should be controlled like other predators. Cat owners who allow their pets to roam free are not responsible pet owners. We had to take our bird feeder down finally. The cats (Pets) in our neighboorhood keyed in on it and used it for an indiscriminate "Killing zone". So many song birds of all variety were killed by cats that in August we just took the bird feeder down to end this carnage.

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EP1955gMar. 31, 1311:44 AM

Thanks to ethanol our groundnesting birds are in trouble. Feral cats are another huge obstacle for them to overcome.

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anmlpeplMar. 31, 13 1:16 PM

The claim that cats kill 1.4 to 3.7 birds per year was derived by inflating the U.S. cat population four times over. Among other egregious errors, the author of this projection cited the 2007 American Veterinary Medical Association finding of 90 million cats in homes instead of the 2012 AVMA finding of 74 million cats in homes--18% fewer. They totally ignored a wealth of surveys done over the past 22 years which have repeatedly found that about two-thirds of the pet cats in the U.S. are kept completely indoors. And they projected a feral cat population of up to 80 million. That number turns out to have first appeared in Nature in 1934, as part of a guesstimate of the total U.S. cat population derived by multiplying the number of U.S. households by 1.25. No actual survey has ever found even half as high a ratio of cats to households. The best current data, from habitat surveys, shelter intakes, and roadkill counts, indicates that the U.S. feral cat population is about 9 million on year-round average. --Merritt Clifton, editor, ANIMAL PEOPLE.

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anmlpeplMar. 31, 13 1:21 PM

Incidentally, Ted Williams has previously egregiously misrepresented feral cat data, for example in his September/October 2009 Audubon article "Felines Fatales," in which he alleged that on Maui "two cats killed 143 wedge-tailed shearwaters in one night." The incident actually occurred on November 7, 2006 at Kaena Point, Oahu, and the killing was done by five dogs, four of them shot at the scene two days later. --Merritt Clifton, editor, ANIMAL PEOPLE.

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jharkerApr. 1, 13 7:21 AM

Animal People, whether feral cats or dogs, they are invasive species that impact other native wildlife and should be destroyed. I agree with the comaprison to zebra mussels. 80 million or 9 million, feral cats are NOT wildlife and are no friend to wildlife. Cats and dog owners who allow their pets to run wild are just as guilty as those that abandon pets on the country road.

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gsankaryApr. 1, 13 8:00 AM

This is clearly a first world city folks problem. These aren't pet cats that you can cuddle with, these are animals that have revereted to their wild state and are causing significant issues for the local native wildlife. They should be trapped and put down. On the farm I gurantee no one is tyring to figure out how to save these animals, my grandfather shoots cats on sight. He knows the damage they've done to the local gamebird population. I certainly hope no taxpayer dollars going to some kind of spay and release program. Put the cats down and be done with it. There's plenty more where those came from.

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scott44Apr. 1, 13 2:20 PM

Maybe we need to hire some good seasoned trappers to help handle this situation.

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