Recent reports in The New York Times and other news outlets about how cats kill birds and small mammals at a rate higher than previously thought are making cat owners wonder what the truth is. Does the study by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Migratory Birds, published Jan. 29 in the journal “Nature Communications,” prove that cats can be considered the biggest threat to U.S. wildlife populations?
Cats Blamed for More Bird Deaths Than Ever Before
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The story of cats as killers generated a strong response from cat supporters.
Feral Cat Advocates Push Back Against Predatory Cat Study
Feral cat group Alley Cat Allies found the study so defamatory that it created a petition to stop the Smithsonian from funding further studies into the subject.