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Should cats be eradicated from Australia?
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stui magpie 

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:53 pm
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That's called duck hunting season.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:07 pm
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S. Mervosh (NY Times):

"Some birds, including common mergansers and ostriches, raise their babies in a day care system that’s called a crèche, experts say.

In a crèche, females leave their ducklings in the care of one female — often an older female who is experienced at raising babies, said David Rave, an area wildlife manager who oversees the Bemidji region for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources."
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:08 pm
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Really good article in the NY Times about the lengths people are going to, to stop feral cats.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/25/magazine/australia-cat-killing.html?partner=IFTTT

Warning, some people may find parts of it disturbing.

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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 6:51 am
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Bullets, baits, killer robots: feral felines in the firing line

https://www.theage.com.au/national/bullets-baits-killer-robots-feral-felines-in-the-firing-line-20190508-p51l4t.html

"The fight is on to rid Australia of the millions of cunning killers pushing many of our native wildlife species to extinction."

"The continent has the highest mammal extinction rate in the world. Cats are considered to have been a leading threat for 22 of the extinct species, including the broad-faced potoroo, the crescent nailtail wallaby and the big-eared hopping mouse. "Recent extinction rates in Australia are unparalleled," John Woinarski, one of the country's foremost conservation researchers, told me. "It's calamitous."
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... cats kill an estimated 377 million birds and 649 million reptiles every year in Australia. (In the US, the numbers are even more striking: scientists estimate that free-roaming cats kill 1.3 to 4 billion birds and 6.3 to 22.3 billion mammals every year.) On the evolutionarily sheltered continent of Australia, their presence represents one of the greatest threats to the continued existence of certain small mammals. "Feral cats are a real menace and a very significant threat to the health of our ecosystem," Treasurer and former environment minister, Josh Frydenberg, told me."
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