Remember When We Wanted to Hunt Feral Cats?

We might have been onto some­thing there…

In a report that scaled up local sur­veys and pilot stud­ies to national dimen­sions, sci­en­tists from the Smith­son­ian Con­ser­va­tion Biol­ogy Insti­tute and the Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice esti­mated that domes­tic cats in the United States — both the pet Fluffies that spend part of the day out­doors and the unnamed strays and fer­als that never leave it — kill a median of 2.4 bil­lion birds and 12.3 bil­lion mam­mals a year, most of them native mam­mals like shrews, chip­munks and voles rather than intro­duced pests like the Nor­way rat.

The esti­mated kill rates are two to four times higher than mor­tal­ity fig­ures pre­vi­ously bandied about, and posi­tion the domes­tic cat as one of the sin­gle great­est human-linked threats to wildlife in the nation. More birds and mam­mals die at the mouths of cats, the report said, than from auto­mo­bile strikes, pes­ti­cides and poi­sons, col­li­sions with sky­scrap­ers and wind­mills and other so-called anthro­pogenic causes.

Peter Marra of the Smith­son­ian Con­ser­va­tion Biol­ogy Insti­tute and an author of the report, said the mor­tal­ity fig­ures that emerge from the new model “are shock­ingly high.”

When we ran the model, we didn’t know what to expect,” said Dr. Marra, who per­formed the analy­sis with his col­league, Scott R. Loss, and Tom Will of the Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice. “We were absolutely stunned by the results.” The study appeared Tues­day in the jour­nal Nature Communications.

The find­ings are the first seri­ous esti­mate of just how much wildlife America’s vast pop­u­la­tion of free-roaming domes­tic cats man­ages to kill each year.

New num­bers like this are going to reignite a whole mess of things, the least being a dis­cus­sion about hunt­ing feral cats.

Then there’s “herd man­age­ment” which means envi­ron­men­tal­ists wor­ry­ing about cats (feral or won­der­ing domes­tics) tak­ing out nat­ural habi­tats and being an inva­sive species going up against ani­mal wel­fare advo­cates who don’t wish to see mil­lions of cats destroyed via euthana­sia tac­tics.  (Bob Barker was right, spay and neuter your pets folks.)

There are report­edly over 80 mil­lion feral cats roam­ing the Amer­i­can coun­try­side.  We’re going to have to deal with them even­tu­ally; whether were mocked for want­ing to set up a hunt­ing sea­son for them or not.

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  • Woodsman001

    I think the worst part of all, any­one asso­ci­ated with TNR aren’t adher­ing to the manda­tory REQUIRED BY LAW SIX-MONTH QUARANTINE for any ani­mal when har­vested from the wild and intended for any sec­tor of the pet-trade. This is why rabid kit­tens are now being adopted direct from shel­ters with­out the REQUIRED BY LAW 6-MONTH QUARANTINE (Like this one for just ONE exam­ple, Google for: rabid kit­ten adopted wake county) The 10–14 day hold­ing period for bite & scratch cases is ONLY meant to see if they were infec­tious at the time of the inci­dent, but DOES NOT IN ANY WAY prove that that cat does not have rabies. The incu­ba­tion period for rabies can be (on aver­age) from 21 to 240 days. And in some cases as much as 11 months. One rare case being 6 years. This is why when you take your pet to another coun­try they MUST quar­an­tine your pet for a MINIMUM of 6 months to be rel­a­tively sure (not 100% cer­tain) that you are not bring­ing rabies into their coun­try. Giv­ing a rabies shot to an ani­mal that already has rabies and has not been quar­an­tined for AT LEAST 6 MONTHS FIRST does NOTHING to ensure that that ani­mal does not have rabies!

    But these TNR advo­cates, and the vet­eri­nar­i­ans and shel­ters and local gov­ern­ment “offi­cials” that sup­port them? EACH AND EVERY ONE IS IN *DIRECT* *VIOLATION* OF WELL-ESTABLISHED *NATIONAL* & *INTERNATIONAL* *LAW*. They ALL need to be sued — fast, hard and so deep that they never recover from it.

    These are just the dis­eases these invasive-species ver­min cats have been spread­ing to humans, not count­ing the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Campy­lobac­ter Infec­tion, Cat Scratch Dis­ease, Cox­iella bur­netti Infec­tion (Q fever), Cryp­tosporid­ium Infec­tion, Dipy­lid­ium Infec­tion (tape­worm), Hook­worm Infec­tion, Lep­tospira Infec­tion, Gia­r­dia, Plague, Rabies, Ring­worm, Sal­mo­nella Infec­tion, Tox­o­cara Infec­tion, Tox­o­plasma. [Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol, July 2010] Sar­cosporidio­sis, Flea-borne Typhus, Tularemia, and Rat-Bite Fever can now also be added to that list.

    (Yes, The Plague is alive and well in the USA, and it is now being spread by CATS. Google for: Cat-Transmitted Fatal Pneu­monic Plague, for a fun read. One of hun­dreds. Or: Taos Cat Has Plague, or: Ore­gon Man Suf­fer­ing Plague; or hun­dreds of oth­ers. Totally dis­prov­ing that oft-spewed manip­u­la­tion tac­tic by cat-lickers that more cats could have pre­vented The Plague in Europe — cats CAUSE IT!)

    Now add on top of that that any­one who feeds these cats is train­ing them to approach humans for food (con­trary to them always claim­ing feral cats run from humans). What hap­pens to the child or fool­ish adult that reaches down to pet or try to pick up that now seem­ingly friendly “cute kitty”? The wild ani­mal lashes out and bites or scratches the hand that has no food for them.

    Google for: feral cat attack rabies

    Don’t be sur­prised at the num­ber of search-hits you get or the hor­ren­dous sto­ries that go with them. The num­ber of sus­pected rabies cases and the then required manda­tory rabies shots for each indi­vid­ual cost­ing them well over $1000 out of their own pock­ets, has been grow­ing as expo­nen­tially fast as cats breed. Ask a cat-feeder to pay for your shots and lost work-time and suf­fer­ing? Nei­ther they, nor shel­ters, nor the local gov­ern­ment who sup­ports TNR carry ONE PENNY of lia­bil­ity insur­ance for the deadly dan­gers they are bring­ing to their com­mu­ni­ties by allow­ing them to feed and TNR stray cats. Two recent reports even doc­u­ment rabid cats enter­ing a home through their pet-door and one even came through their ceil­ing search­ing for human-supplied foods — one attack so bad it required hos­pi­tal­iza­tion for the family.

    Let’s make 2013 the year where ALL aspects of TNR are ILLEGAL nation­wide. It’s the only solution.

  • Woodsman001

    Here’s how igno­rant, self-serving, and une­d­u­cated TNR-advocates are destroy­ing all life on the planet.

    The TNR CON-GAME

    FACT: Trap & Kill failed because cats can­not be trapped faster than they expo­nen­tially breed out of control.

    FACT: Trap, Neuter, & Release (TNR) is an even big­ger abject fail­ure because these man-made eco­log­i­cal dis­as­ters can­not be trapped faster than they expo­nen­tially breed out of con­trol, and they also con­tinue the cru­elly anni­hi­late all native wildlife (from the small­est of prey up to the top preda­tors that are starved to death), and the cats con­tinue to spread many deadly dis­eases that they carry today — FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO VACCINES AGAINST THEM. Many of which are even listed as bioter­ror­ism agents. (Such as Tularemia and The Plague — Yes, peo­ple have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA. No fleas nor rats even required. The cats them­selves carry and trans­mit the plague all on their own.)

    FACT: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY _NOTHING_ HUMANE ABOUT TNR. Nearly every last TNR’ed cat dies an inhu­mane death by road-kill, from cat and ani­mal attacks, envi­ron­men­tal poi­sons, star­va­tion, dehy­dra­tion, freez­ing to death, infec­tions, par­a­sites, etc. And if very very lucky humanely shot to death or re-trapped and drowned (the two most com­mon meth­ods employed on all farms and ranches to pro­tect their ges­tat­ing livestock’s off­spring and valu­able native wildlife dying from cats’ Tox­o­plas­mo­sis par­a­sites). This doesn’t begin to count the thou­sands of defense­less native ani­mals that cats skin alive and dis­em­bowel alive for their daily and hourly play-toys. The only dif­fer­ence in destroy­ing cats imme­di­ately and humanely instead of trap­ping, ster­il­iz­ing, then releas­ing them to an inhu­mane death; is that money isn’t going into an HSUS or SPCA board-member’s pocket, veterinarian’s pocket, cat-food com­pany CEO’s pocket, or a drug-company CEO’s pocket. And that’s the ONLY difference!

    FACT: Cats are a man-made (through selec­tive breed­ing) inva­sive species. And as such, are no less of a man-made envi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter than any other caused by man. Cats are even worse than an oil-spill of continent-sized pro­por­tions. They not only kill off rare and endan­gered marine-mammals along all coast­lines from run-off car­ry­ing cats’ Tox­o­plasma gondii par­a­sites, they destroy the com­plete food-chain in every ecosys­tem where cats are found. From small­est of prey gut­ted and skinned alive for cats’ tor­tured play-toys, up to the top preda­tors that are starved to death from cats destroy­ing their ONLY food sources. (Pre­cisely what cats caused on my own land not long ago.)

    FACT: Hunted To Extinc­tion (or in this case, extir­pa­tion of all out­door cats) is the ONLY method that is faster than a species like cats can expo­nen­tially out-breed and out-adapt to. Espe­cially a man-made inva­sive species like these cats that can breed 2-4X’s faster than any nat­u­rally occur­ring cat-species.

    FACT: In _TWELVE_YEARS_ Alley Cat ALL-LIES of NYC have only reduced feral cats in their own city by 0.08% to 0.024% (as the months go on that per­cent­age becomes more insignif­i­cant), allow­ing more than 99.92% to 99.976% to expo­nen­tially breed out of con­trol. Here’s how Alley-Cat-ALL-LIES’ decep­tive math works: If you TNR 4 cats and 3 get flat­tened by cars this trans­lates to 75% fewer feral-cats every­where. Alley Cat ALL-LIES can’t even reduce cats in their own city, yet they pro­mote it as a world­wide solu­tion. Then even big­ger fools fall for it and pro­mote it.

    FACT: When research­ing over 100 of the most “suc­cess­ful” TNR pro­grams world­wide, JUST ONE trapped more than 0.4%. Oregon’s 50,000 TNR’ed cats (the high­est rate I found) is 4.9% of all fer­als in their state. Yet, by apply­ing pop­u­la­tion growth cal­cu­lus on the unster­il­ized 95.1% they will have trapped only 0.35% of all cats in their state some­time this year. Less than 0.4% is a far cry from the required 80%-90% to be the least bit effective.

    FACT: Their myth­i­cal “vac­uum effect” is a 100% LIE. A study done by the Texas A&M Uni­ver­sity proved that any per­ceived “vac­uum” is just the sim­ple case that CATS ATTRACT CATS. Get rid of them all and there’s no cats there to attract more. I proved this myself by shoot­ing and bury­ing hun­dreds of them on my own land. ZERO cats replaced them FOR 3 YEARS NOW. If you want more cats, keep even one of them around, more will find you. That uni­ver­sity study also found that ster­il­ized cats very poorly defend any ter­ri­tory. Non-sterilized cats, being more aggres­sive, take over the ster­il­ized cats’ resources (shel­ter & food if any). If there is any kind of “vac­uum effect” at all, it is that ster­il­iz­ing cats cause non-sterilized cats to restore the repro­duc­tive void.

    FACT: Dur­ing all this inves­ti­ga­tion I have dis­cov­ered some­thing that is unfal­ter­ing with­out fail. Some­thing that you can bet your very life on and win every last time. That being — IF A TNR CAT-HOARDER IS TALKING THEN THEY ARE LYING. 100% guaranteed!