Outdoor cats kill billions of birds, mammals each year, study says

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  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 3:19 p.m.

    The story raises some serious issues. Domestic animals introduced into the wild upset the natural ecosystem balance. Cats, dogs, and pigs are three species of note. They come into season multiple times a year as compared with many wild predators and breed exponentially, over powering native competitors, depleting natural food supply and degrading domestic food production. The aforementioned balance is not kind to animals, it only serves to keep wild predators in balance with their prey. Everyone is someone's dinner.

    Feral cats and other non-native species should be controlled or eliminated. If you have a pet cat. dog etc., do not let it loose in the wild, take it to the pound for adoption or euthanasia.

    Now for the real emotional issue: If wild horses are truly native, pre-columbian in origin, they should be left to run and roam and compete with the other four legged herbivores. IF they are feral domestic, post-columbian animals loosed or escaped, they should be removed from the native ecosystem meant for the deer and antelope of song, and adopted or put down. Sauce for the goose (cat, dog or pig) is sauce for the gander (wild horse).

  • jeanie orem, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 8:26 p.m.

    Cats are not made to be indoors only. We had a cat that was an indoor cat only and it got weird. Cats are animals. Before humans domesticated cats they lived outside....and killed birds and other smaller animals. It's called nature. Cats breed themselves. We try to slow them down by spaying or neutering them.

    This is just kind of a funny article to me. Who payed for the study? Cats are wired to kill, birds are wired to eat the seeds out of my newly planted garden, dogs are wired to chase things, gophers are wired to dig up my lawn, deer are wired to eat anything beautiful in my yard....do we really need a study?

    Are we running out of birds?

  • srh83 Hillsboro, OR
    Feb. 3, 2013 10:30 a.m.

    @ lost in DC

    I think the whole point is that there would not be millions of cats in the United States were it not for people owning, breeding, these cats.

    The stats don't lie, even if you love owning cats, it doesn't change the fact that cats must be kept indoors.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 8:40 p.m.

    OH MY!!!!

    HOW did the eco-system stay in balance before we domesticated and took inside these deranged feline killers?

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Feb. 1, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    Lois Collins, you are great reporter, but you can find better material.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Feb. 1, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    It is better to feed one cat than 100 mice. If we did not have roaming cats on our farm, mice would take over. Yes, they eat birds too, and I would prefer they didn't except that a milo field can have all the milo disappear in days if the right flock of birds comes along. Some of these articles that take an extreme approach make me want to skip reading any newspaper.

    My husband thinks I remember the bubonic plague from my childhood, but I remember it from history books. Some of the survivors during that unbelievably tragic time thought cats were causing the disease so they were killed en masse. People today would do the same. We live in an area where hantavirus shows up periodically and that is enough to make me wish we had more cats at large in our homes and farm structures. Certainly I did not appreciate it when our cat killed a squirrel and tried to hide it in a closet, but I also remember that squirrels can destroy a corn silo's contents. Let's use common sense and look at both sides!

  • sashabill Morgan Hill, CA
    Jan. 31, 2013 5:19 p.m.

    If cats are outlawed, only outlaws will own cats.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 4:29 p.m.

    Maybe Barack should have another news conference photo op with some cute little birds on his shoulder demonizing Sylvester and the rest of those bad putty tats!!! Joe Biden could gin up some tears and MSNBC could then champion Barack as the second coming of Dr Doolittle. Actually none of this would surprise me!!!

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 3:37 p.m.

    Oh my heck! These pets are crazy! Hurry Barry, Feinstein, Biden, get a bill together quick, so we can outlaw pets. I can't have my squirrels and birds getting in any more danger than they already are. Draft a law quickly to remove all cats from society, after all, they are killers! Or maybe we can just do a comprehensive background check system. But you would have to outlaw all private sales because there would be no way to check them out, and you would have to get rid of sales at pet shows, because they don't check out either. So, I guess the only pet sales would be from federally licensed pet sellers. That way we could know who these cats are.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 3:09 p.m.

    ban cats along with guns!!

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    What the big deal. Cats go to prison for killing birds? This is not news worthy.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    Jan. 31, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    How Ironic, the Trib just reported a Mountain Lion killed in Woodland population about 300. Seems it was eating the community's Pets. I guess pets are part eco-system also.

  • spudman Cottonwood, AZ
    Jan. 31, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    "The small mammals that are killed by the cats are a natural source of food to hawks, owls and eagles, according to the conservancy." Yeah, well so are cats. I say let nature take its course. It was doing just fine before we came along and I'm sure it'll be able to take care of itself without our constant need to meddle in everything. In the process, a LOT of taxpayer money will not be wasted on silly studies such as this. On another note, If I has a farm I would be sure to keep a couple cats outside to take care of the rodents and a .22 inside to take care of the cats.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    Jan. 31, 2013 10:51 a.m.

    In my Neighborhood, Cats are a prey item to the Neighborhood Coyotes even while they catch and eat mice and the occasional sparrow, Within about two months of us moving to our current place we were Cat-free. We even tried bringing the Cats in in the evening. That just extended their life expectancy. Cats like to hunt outside the backyard. I'm sure coyotes in Salt Lake also find domestic/feral cats easy pickings..

  • Legal Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 10:07 a.m.

    Good to know the truth is out. I enjoy the quail that live in my back yard, every year at least three of them are ripped apart by cats. To do my part I bought a humane trap. After I catch the cats I call animal services and they take care of the problem. If the cat belongs to someone that someone has to pay to get it back, if nobody clasims the cat well... So far I am at 41 and counting.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    Roaming cats are preditors that need to be controlled. In the old days we kept populations under control in ruaral areas by usuing the .22 Long Rifle cartridge. Nowadays, no kill shelters now insure the population will increase at public expense and when homes are found for them, the owners let the roam in their neighbors back yard to attack their bird feeders.
    Licensing of cats, as with dogs, is certainly needed.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    Jan. 31, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    Let me get this straight. Cats who use to kill mice and rats, while formerly "a good thing" is now "a BAD thing" Cats takening birds was formerly "not a good thing". Are now a "REALLY BAD THING". I think we need to give Dr. Doolittle a call and have him pass the word to the Cat World to clean up their collective act.