10 species driven to extinction by cats

Boris Johnson's cat Larry chases a pigeon in London.

Larry, the cat of 10 Downing Street, chasing a pigeon.
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The first cats were domesticated thousands of years ago, but we still don’t have much control over them. Many people let their cats come and go as they please, perhaps forgetting—or not caring for—domestic cats. kill billions of birds and mammals every year, More than half of pet cats in the US spend time outdoors, and worldwide the animals have contributed to the extinction of at least 33 species, According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service,

Feral cats may be the most frequent culprits, but pets that are allowed to roam outdoors also harm wildlife. The situation in Australia is so serious that authorities have proposed culling approximately 2 million feral cats to stop their attacks on endangered species. In the US, there are several programs that aim to reduce the populations of feral cats by trapping, neutering and releasing them – but the Fish and Wildlife Service warns that such programs do not actually protect native fauna from cats. .

Sadly, it’s already too late for dozens of species, including Stephens Island Wren (a flightless songbird), the Crescent nailtail wallabyand charming desert bandicoot, Here, we highlight some of the many species currently threatened by outdoor cats.

The previous version of this article was published on November 25, 2021.

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