[CT Birds] Feral cats & the original cat issue that started this
chris.grimm at globepequot.com
Wed Nov 30 23:51:49 EST 2011
Feral cats decimate native wildlife - especially wild birds - they are non-native predators. While people who release cats may have caused the problem, the cats are the ones doing the killing. The logic that cats aren't a problem because there may be even worse problems is akin to saying "factories pollute more than automobiles, so automobile pollution shouldn't be addressed." http://ctaudubon.blogspot.com/2011/03/cats-are-birds-no-1-enemy.html Even PETA, for goodness sake, opposes TNR programs. This is not "hatred of cats," but simple observation and fact-based research. To deny that feral cats hunt is to simply anthropomorphize feral cats.
Practical suggestions for dealing with the cat that started these posts?... Have you asked the owner to have the cat wear a collar with a bell? That could be a decent solution, if he's not completely intransigent. Maybe you can take a picture of the cat if it craps in your yard (or collect the evidence) and insist that Animal Control cite the owner for allowing their cat to damage your property? While the lack of Connecticut roaming laws applying to cats prevents you from legally using a Hav-a-Hart to trap the neighbor's cat and remove it from your own property, the picture and/or evidence might help with the locals. Better yet, take a picture of the cat in the tree and call the State, because hunting owls is illegal, right? And the owner is allowing their animal to do just that. You might get some help from state wildlife officers. Keep an ongoing document of the situation that you can provide authorities.
Finally, if a feral wanders on to your property, you are completely within your legal rights to catch it and remove it. Some will claim to "own" feral cats, but they have no legal standing. (Though finding a shelter that will take it is a bigger problem .)
From: ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org on behalf of Mark Szantyr
Sent: Wed 11/30/2011 9:39 PM
To: mcavallero1 at comcast.net
Cc: Ct bird lst
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Feral cats
" Feral cats are second only to collisions with windows in the toll they
take annually on bird populations"
I think we should do something about those windows...
Mona is right. People are the problem.
On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 7:33 PM, <mcavallero1 at comcast.net> wrote:
> I know far more about feral cats than you do alex
> I have taken care of them for years
> And I stand by what I say
> People are the problem.
> !!!!! Not the cats. If you want to objectify your hatred against cats
> because it is convenient to do so. Go ahead
> I love birds just as much as you do. But to hate cats is not the solution
> Educate people.
> ------Original Message------
> From: Alexander Burdo
> To: Mona at home email
> Cc: Ct bird lst
> Sent: Nov 30, 2011 7:12 PM
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Feral cats
> How do you know that, Mona? Feral cats are second only to collisions with
> windows in the toll they take annually on bird populations with feral cats
> being responsible for an estimated 500 MILLION bird deaths here in the US
> every single year. Do you follow each and every cat around day and night to
> see what they are eating or surgically go into their stomachs to find out
> what the contents are?
> Feral cats are killers, nonnative and not necessary here. I hate to see
> 500 million of the organisms I love most of all, the ones that bring myself
> and many others around me countless hours of enjoyment and happiness, dying
> every year from something that is so easily preventable.
> To learn more about feral cats and bird mortality click here:
> or here: http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/index.html
> Alex Burdo
> On Nov 30, 2011, at 6:50 PM, mcavallero1 at comcast.net wrote:
> > And oh by the way I manage a small colony of feral cats near me and in
> the two years I have done so. They have not killed ONE BIRD. Not ONE!!
> They are far more interested in mice and squirrels
> > And they know they are getting a square meal and do not needto hunt
> > Educate humanity. And don't take it out on a cat
> > Amen. I'm done
> > Mona cavallero
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