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Please Take A look... Care of Wildlife From Domestic Preditors

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Post by Sparhawk on 1st June 2010, 1:19 am

http://www.bto.org/news/news2010/mayjun/paws_for_thought.html

All I would ask is that you take a look, I am not wanting to start the usual discussion, that has been done so many times before...

Although, I am sure I saw some time ago Australia were going to introduce a "cat curfew" purrhaps
(sorry just had to do it ) boobiejuicemama (welcome to the gang by the way...) might be able to enlighten us as to whether there has been one & if its working...

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Post by Mike on 1st June 2010, 2:47 pm

Cats in Australia are a different order of problem as there they are an introduced "exotic" predator of a type the birds have not coevolved with. I believe there is a smallish carnivorous marsupial that preys on birds and their nests but it's more or less rat like, probably a nocturnal "prowl" hunter as opposed to the active speed and pounce day hunter that a cat is.

Birds in Britain coevolved with F. sylvestris so while might affect total numbers should not affect the mix of species they way they could in Australia (selectively taking more of the species that happen to have poor defenses against cat predation vs species that just happen to have better defense mechanisms even though a predator of this type not present before).

Cats of course do hunt at night but that's primarily going after rodents (and toads, snakes, etc.). They take birds primarily by day and don't raid nests for eggs. Movement of prey attracts cats.

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