NATURE IS RUTHLESS: Lovely Kitty Cats … are super KILLERS: 10 Species Driven Toward Extinction by Cats – My Comments

[I love cats. And cats like me! But cats are serious killers. They slaughter like you can't believe. Dogs are mild and worthless when compared to those fluffy kitties. The fluffy kits are murderers and killers. I have no problem with this. This is nature. Take a look at what the kitty cats are up to! We White Males need to engage in cleanup like these cats do. Jan]

Domestic cats make wonderful pets, but they’re a menace to wildlife when they roam freely outdoors.

It has been thousands of years since the first cats were domesticated, but we still don’t seem to have much control over them. Many people let their cats come and go as they please, perhaps forgetting—or not caring—that domestic cats kill billions of birds and mammals each year. Over half of pet cats in the U.S. spend time outside, and worldwide the animals have contributed to the extinction of at least 33 species, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Feral cats may be the worst offenders, but pets that are allowed to roam outside also harm wildlife. The situation in Australia is so dire that officials have proposed killing some 2 million feral cats to stop their assault on endangered species. In the U.S., there are many programs aimed at reducing feral cat populations by trapping, neutering, and releasing them—but the Fish and Wildlife Service warns that such programs do not actually protect native fauna from the cats.

Sadly, it’s already too late for dozens of species, including the Stephens Island wren (a flightless songbird), the crescent nailtail wallaby, and the adorable desert bandicoot. Here, we highlight just a few of the many species currently threatened by outdoo

Click here to watch the slide show: https://gizmodo.com/8-species-driven-toward-extinction-by-cats-1848059691?utm_source=gizmodo_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2022-12-05

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