This video from Australia says about itself:
As civilisation encroaches further into the Australian bushland, many native rodents are facing a tough battle for survival.
The opening up of land over the past 100 years has seen Australia’s native rodent populations devastated by feral cats and foxes, which has led to extinction in some areas.
In this vodcast, CSIRO‘s Dr Fred Ford searches a deep cave for ancient rodent bones in an effort to identify species suitable for reintroduction to a newly developed protected woodland sanctuary where cats and foxes are definitely not welcome.
Dr Fred Ford’s work is part of the Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities-funded Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN). TRIN is a multi-disciplinary collaborative research program including accelerating discovery, documentation and delivery of information to support conservation, management and sustainable use of Australia’s biota.
From Wildlife Extra:
Feral cats kill 480 million birds in US every year – Responsible for 33 extinctions
480 million birds killed by feral cats each year
December 2010: A new report has put the annual economic loss from feral cat predation on birds in the US at a staggering $17billion.
The report, Feral Cats And Their Management, analyses existing research on management of the burgeoning feral cat population – over 60 million and counting – in the United States, including the controversial practice of Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR).
Trap, Neuter & Release doesn’t work
‘This report is a must read for any community or government official thinking about what to do about feral cats. It encapsulates the extensive research on this subject and draws conclusions based on that data. Not surprisingly, the report validates everything the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has been saying about the feral cat issue for many years, namely TNR doesn’t work in controlling feral cat populations,’ said Darin Schroeder, Vice President for Conservation Advocacy for American Bird Conservancy, US’s leading bird conservation organisation. …
Some of the many findings of the report include:
* Feral cats are invasive and pose a threat to native fauna and public health.
* Three separate studies showed that most feral cats (62 to 80 per cent) carry the parasite responsible for toxoplasmosis – a condition of special concern to pregnant women.
* Cats are responsible for the extinction of at least 33 species of birds.
* Feral cats kill an estimated 480 million birds in the US each year.
* Feeding feral cats encourages them to congregate which encourages the chances of diseases being transmitted.
* The supplemental feeding of feral cats should be prohibited.
* Cats will kill wildlife no matter how well they are fed.