Australian cats can cause the disappearance of unique species of small animals. Daily cats kill a million birds a day, which is fraught with disaster, since many species live only on the Australian continent. And hunt not only feral cats but also Pets. And to fight with cats-killers the government has already decided to go to drastic measures.
In the study of Biological Conservation reported that in 2018 the Australian cats kill over a billion other mammals. The victims were birds, rodents, marsupials and even snakes. A wild cat had killed an estimated 815 million individuals, the other animals were the victims of domestic cats. According to scientists in Australia are now almost 4 million pet cats; to estimate the number of wild cats is difficult, but the researchers called the figure of 5-6 million individuals.
Of the 357 species that hunt cats, 24 are endangered, and most is unique to the continent. Poet scientists do not exclude that the high prevalence of cats might later turn into an environmental disaster.
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How to deal with cats-killers
Because of this, the governments of some States already offer a reward for the scalp of cats — 10 Australian dollars per head. In addition, in 2019, the authorities plan to kill 2 million feral cats using poison baits.
Of course, this decision was not warmly received by the Australian environmental organizations. They propose to create a special enclosed area free from cats and foxes, where other mammals will be able to feel safe. To do this in 2018 in Australia built a fence against the cats with a length of 44 kilometers.
As cats have become an epidemic for Australia
Cats appeared in Australia in the late XVIII century, and in the last century began to actively hunt small animals and birds. Nevertheless, the government has long turned a blind eye to this problem. And if nothing is done, by 2025, it may be too late.
By the way, recently opened a new view of cats with muscular and nocturnal.
Domestic cats touch no plans, because they, as the researchers note, more social and not actively prey on other species. And the majority of owners of cats with this probably agree. And you? Tell us in our chat in Telegram.