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What Can Be Done To Reduce Feral Cat Population?

A quick Google search will let anyone see that Peter Wolf never saw an article on the effects of feral cats on the environment that he didn't want to "debunk." Amazingly, he thinks everything ever written in the scientific literature on feral cats gets it wrong, unless of course it suits his own perspective, in which case it is right. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Give me a break.

How many feral cats are there in the US? No one knows for sure but people make estimates to get a handle on the scope of the problem. If you have better numbers, write a paper and get it published in an honest to goodness scientific journal. But if I remember the Dauphine and Cooper article correctly, they, and other scientists, acknowledge that it doesn't really matter what the exact number is, except to know that it is large, and that feral cats have adverse effects on the distribution, survival, and behavior of birds and other native wildlife. There is no scientific debate on that fact, notwithstanding Mr. Wolf's efforts to whip up uncertainty in the interest of his pro-feral cat agenda.

It is particularly ironic that Mr. Wolf would make his comments on a story from San Diego, where the classic Crooks and Soulé study implicated free-roaming cats and other mesopredators in the rapid local extinction of native birds from canyons within the city.

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This study was published in the most prestigious scientific journal in the world, so you'll have a bit of a hard time screaming "pseudoscience" there.

Feral cat issues play out locally, and the offense thing is that the cat advocates always want to take away the right of property owners and land managers to keep feral cats off their properties or to remove them without returning them. People feeding feral cats in their back yards do not make good neighbors and the TNR crowd would like to take away the right of someone who does not wish to have the cats eating their birds or defecating in their gardens to remove them permanently and keep their properties feral cat free. The feral feeders and TNR people want to feed the cats and take care of them like pets, but are unwilling to keep them confined to properties that they own.

September 10, 2010 at 2:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )