A Non-Lethal Solution for Both Wildlife and Feral Cats

10,000 Birds

What can be done to solve the intractable problem of wildlife and feral cats? Peter, who lives in New York State, noticed two feral cats living near his house. Peter, who loves cats, has saved two of them from the normally short and brutal life of a feral cat. And Peter, who loves wildlife, has saved hundreds – if not thousands – of birds and small animals from being killed by two more feral cats.

Feral Pigeons World Wide

10,000 Birds

Obviously, I am talking of Feral Pigeons (also called city, town or street pigeons). The scientific name of the Feral Pigeon is Columba livia domestica and that last world tells the story. Feral Pigeons are descendants of domesticated pigeons that escaped from dovecotes. In other words, unlike the Common Wood Pigeons that have entered the city parks of my native Belgrade some quarter of a century ago, the Feral Pigeons haven’t entered the cities – they originated in them.

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HSUS Video about Feral Cat Rescue

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So here is a nice story and video about a HSUS rescue of a California feral colony. Tags: HSUS california animal rescue feral cats I've been way overworked and stressed lately. Haven't been into deep posts at all. It makes me want to get back into animal rescue, which is where my animal rights activism started.

National Feral Cat Day Didn’t Go As Planned

10,000 Birds

feral cat with a Golden-crowned Kinglet by Isaac Grant. They have been so successful in suckering cities and other municipalities into believing that they can solve their feral cat problems through Trap-Neuter-Return (T-N-R) that now citizens of those towns have had their eyes (and their noses) opened to what happens when the inmates run the asylum. So on 16 October, which Alley Cat Allies has turned into “National Feral Cat Day,” local governments got an earful.

An Open Letter to Outdoor/Feral Cat Supporters

10,000 Birds

Dear Outdoor Cat Owners/Feral Cat Supporters, Does the photo above sicken you? I have received countless numbers of wild birds mangled and/or killed by outdoor/feral cats, such as the Orange-crowned Warbler pictured here. When you allow your cats outside, or feed and sterilize ferals (but don’t actually rescue them), you are essentially doing the same thing to wild birds that the unknown monster did to the cat hanging from the tree.

Quantico Has No Compassion for Feral Cats

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Quantico Military Base is really behaving cruelly when it comes to the feral cats on its base. We do not support or promote feral animals on the base,” flatly stated Bruce Frizzell, head of the Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs office. Frizzell explained that a large population of feral cats is ultimately detrimental to the overall environmental health of the base, its native species and ecosystems. Feral cats may be an animal problem, but there is a human solution.

Helping Feral Cats in Your Neighborhood

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Cory Williams, of the famed "Mean Kitty" YouTube videos (which are really funny), has a good how-to video about doing a trap, spay/neuter, and release of feral cats in your neighborhood. Tags: feral cats The video was done on behalf of the Stray Cat Alliance.

Feral Cats in American Cities

10,000 Birds

The other day, Minneapolis, Minnesota passed a feral cat ordinance. So I put together a “carnival” (of sorts) of Feral Cat Ordinances and Issues that samples current events across the US. From the Star Tribune : Feral cats win a round at Minneapolis City Hall. So, maybe, no matter what one’s opinion may be of this idea of feral cat colonies, it can work here. Jourdain questioned whether feral cats is a big enough problem requiring its own ordinance.

Feral Cats More Important Than Humans?

10,000 Birds

Be careful if you cross the feral cat freaks – they might protest your business, sue you, and drive you to suicide. Such was the sad fate of a New York City veterinarian who refused to release a stray cat she treated back to a feral cat freak who planned to release the cat back into a feral cat colony.

Feral Cats Eat Endangered Petrels

10,000 Birds

The American Bird Conservancy announced a new study that feral cats prey on the endangered Hawaiian Petrel. At the risk of sounding insensitive, duh. Scientists might find it more challenging to seek out evidence of which bird species, particularly non-Arctic, island-bound species, are NOT preyed upon by birds. That would be news. Conservation American Bird Conservancy cats Hawaii petrels

Outdoor/Feral Cat Problem? Call the SWAT Team

10,000 Birds

Thanks to groups like Alley Cat Allies, outdoor and feral cats have become above the law. Outdoor/feral cat people are bullies who prey on people unable to fight back, just as their cats do with birds. What do you do when you – a citizen whose rights are protected by the U.S. government – are threatened with harm and/or death by armed criminals, and their apprehension is beyond the scope of the local police? You call the SWAT team.

A Dietary Alternative for Feral Cats?

10,000 Birds

Much has been made in these pages about the havoc that feral cats wreak on native birds. Maybe Daleks could be trained to focus on feral cats?). Hey bird lovers, maybe getting feral cats addicted to fast food is an idea worth considering! No Kea were harmed in the making of this story. Image by Duncan). Just yesterday, Mike reported on a study finding that they are responsible for decimating populations of Hawaiian Petrels. And the TNR/exterminate debate rages on.

Counting Feral Muscovy Ducks in Florida

10,000 Birds

The birds in Florida, on the other hand, are of domestic stock gone feral. Despite their questionable background, the feral Muscovy Ducks of Florida are on the state checklist, which only makes sense as they have spread across the state wherever people have settled and provided habitat. feral Muscovy Duck at Blue Heron Wetlands, Titusville, Florida. But how did a feral duck end up on the official checklist of the Florida Ornithological Society ?

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Well-Written Piece on Feral and Outdoor Cats

10,000 Birds

Jim Coufal, writing for the Madison County Courier in upstate New York, shares his thoughts on the feral and outdoor cat problem. Asides

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Feral Cats Are An Invasive Species in North America (and elsewhere)

10,000 Birds

I find it astonishing that people argue of whether feral cats are bad for birds in North America. The plethora of approaches to the feral Cat problem is not an outcome of a diversity of great ideas; it is the ugly chimera of inappropriate compromise among biased and often poorly informed stakeholders. This almost certainly can be argued to be true just on the basis of logic, because feral Cats are proficient hunters and are entirely out of ecological place.

Great News! Feral Cats to be Removed from Plumb Beach, Brooklyn!

10,000 Birds

The National Park Service is finally going to remove the feral cat colony from Plumb Beach, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. Nature lovers, rejoice! Signs like the one above went up late last week. Seeing as Plumb Beach is a known stopover area for large numbers of shorebirds, a known breeding area for a variety of saltmarsh species, including Clapper Rails , and habitat for a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, insects, and other bird species, this is a long overdue move.

American Mayors Asked to Stop the Spread of Feral Cats

10,000 Birds

The American Bird Conservancy has been at the forefront of that fight and they have written a letter to the mayors of the fifty largest cities in the United States asking them to help stop the rising tide of feral cats. We here at 10,000 Birds are firmly on the side of those who want to keep cats indoors.

Fight for the Wild

10,000 Birds

Anyone interested in birds, bird conservation and, in particular, the strategy of feral animal control will find it fascinating. New Zealand has embarked on an amazingly ambitious Feral Free by 2050 project. New Zealand have provided world leadership in feral animal management.

The Joy of Pigeons

10,000 Birds

The misconception was revealed on a bigger screen when I got home and I saw that what I had taken to be his fingers were the spread primaries of a pigeon (or Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) if you are looking for an easy tick). Birding feeding birds Feral Pigeons pigeons

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Do Fence Me In: Protecting the Hawaiian Petrel

10,000 Birds

Part of the threat to the birds’ existence has been ravaging by feral cats , which eat both adults and chicks alike. News birds and feral cats fence Feral Cats Hawaii Hawaiian Petrel“Good fences make good neighbors,” wrote poet Robert Frost. While his poem was about the dubious nature of boundaries kept in check by surly New England yankees, the sentiment holds true in Hawaii, at least.

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Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer

10,000 Birds

Still, with the help of various sources, the authors have a try: Ninety million cats live in 46 million American homes; There are 100 million feral cats that live outside and eat mostly wildlife, and 50 million owned cats (i.e., The traditional, supposedly humane answer to the glut of feral cats has been institution of “TNR” programs – trap, neuter, return. Header image of feral cat with a Golden-crowned Kinglet by Isaac Grant. Reviews book review cats vs birds Feral Cats

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No-Kill Conference Already Sold Out

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Tags: spay and neuter feral cats animal welfare us

Financial Resources for Cat Care

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Thanks to Alley Cat Allies , one of my favorite groups, for posting this web page with financial resources for people struggling to care for pets or feral cat colonies. Tags: spay/neuter cats animal rescue feral cats These guys are just awesome.

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Alley Cat Allies Wins Recognition for Financial Efficiency

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We've been supporters of Alley Cat Allies for years, ever since we rescued a feral cat colony living in our apartment building's parking lot 14 years ago (5 of those clowns are aging nicely with us with us now.including Charlotte who's on the masthead). They do excellent work on feral cat issues, but I'm glad to see that they are recognized for their financial efficiency too. Tags: activism feral cats donations advocacy nonprofits

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Ingrid Taylar: Bridging the Divide Between Cat and Bird Lovers

10,000 Birds

Birds cats and birds cats vs birds Feral Cats Ingrid Taylar outdoor cats wildlife rehabilitatorsThis blog is written by writer, photographer, and animal advocate Ingrid Taylar. Years ago, I became a wildlife volunteer and advocate because of a cat who caught a bird. A sweet Mourning Dove , his crop stuffed with seeds from a feeder, struck gold when he landed atop a pile of millet and sunflower.

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That Awkward Moment With Feral Cats and Family

10,000 Birds

Case in point: some of my family members have become active with feral cat colony organizations. On the one hand, it’s better than doing nothing with a feral cat colony. But I don’t agree with the supplemental feeding that happens with feral cats–if you’re gonna call them wildlife, treat them as such. And if a feral cat colony is near an endangered species, the colony should be eliminated.

Where Are All the Cats?

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Tags: feral cats

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Camels to be Culled in Australia

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Apparently so and they are considered feral pests. There are camels in Australia? you know what that means.

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Um, No.

10,000 Birds

Shorter Steve Dale : Hey, birders, agree with me that feral cats should be left in the wild where they will kill birds. Oh, and could you volunteer to help maintain feral cat colonies? See, we can get along! Trap-Neuter-Release is a failure and leads to misery for cats and death for birds and other wild creatures. Asides cats

Chimpanzees are NOT “Pets”

Creature Talk

I am hopeful that animal advocates will rise to the call and try to make some legislative changes, as one has already begun to do: “ A chimpanzee is not a domestic pet ,&# said Pricilla Feral, president of the international animal advocacy group Friends of Animals, based in Darien. Feral said she was appalled to hear the state issues permits to homeowners for primates such as chimpanzees.

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Do the Right thing, Charles County

10,000 Birds

Here’s hoping that Charles County, Maryland, stands up to the feral cat mafia and moves ahead with plans to require cats be licensed and special “animal fancier” licenses be required for those who harbor ten or more cats on their property. It’s the right thing to do and will hopefully cut down on feral cat colonies, the scourge of North American wildlife.

Calling all animal lovers!

4 The Love Of Animals

Erubbermaids “Roughneck” homes create the perfect winter sanctuary for feral cats Opossums, raccoons and skunks. Feral cats are exposed to cold temperatures, wind and freezing rain in the winter. Create a safe shelter for the feral cats and animals in your area by following these directions. Follow these tips for getting feral cats to use the homes isn’t too difficult if you think like a cat. It may take a few days to a week for feral cats to trust the new shelter.

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Ellen Degeneres' Mystery Cat

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If this is a truly feral cat, I think the best thing to do would be to trap her and give her a good home. Ellen Degeneres has a 24 hour webcam on her set. For some reason, a cat kept showing up at night. So, Ellen put out food and water for the cat. You can see the footage here. Very strange. Here's a link to her webcams

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Fix Nation

4 The Love Of Animals

The group, founded in 2007, also provides a free, full-time spay and neuter clinic for homeless stray and feral cats, plus low-cost, spay and neuter services for tame pet cats. The group loans out humane traps to the public free of charge, provides training on how to humanely trap feral cats and kittens, offers guidance and information on long-term care and management for feral colonies and engages in extensive community outreach activities.

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Pied Oystercatcher breeding season is here again!

10,000 Birds

We have observed Pied Oystercatcher parents chase of White-bellied Sea-Eagles and unfortunately there are feral cats and feral foxes have become more prevalent too.

When Is a Dog Unadoptable?

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I don't believe that any cat is unadoptable, even feral cats. I believe that a feral may never be a lap cat and they may never even let you pet them. There are also many "feral" and "food-aggressive" personality types in humans, but we don't put them down.) I rejoined my local animal shelter's volunteer program a few months ago (long story as to why I quit in the first place). One day while I was volunteering I met a little pit bull puppy who was recovering from a spaying.

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On Dominance and Animal Birth Control

Animal Person

We are a far bigger problem on this planet than the (over)population of feral cats, elephants, Canada geese, or any other creature we "manage" or want to manage, "humanely" or otherwise. Yesterday, regarding being a minority within a minority , mikey commented (among other things): While I am fairly new subscriber to this blog, therefore not knowing your particular stance, I've often felt like a minority within a minority for my stance on animal birth control.

Are Women More Compassionate Than Men?

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All I know is that the majority of vegetarians, ex-vegetarians, animal rights supporters, animal rescuers, animal shelter volunteers, and feral cat colony stewards that I know are women. It's an intriguing question that would probably get quite a response at any dinner party. Frankly, I don't know. Not all, but the majority. And I find that in conversations, women are more likely to listen and think about what I say than men, who often brush me off as an emotional female.

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Alley Cat Allies Calls American Bird Conservancy “Extremist Bird Group”

10,000 Birds

Apparently Alley Cat Allies only wants to protect feral cats, an introduced predator that decimates native wildlife communities. And should a group dare question the wisdom of domestic cats being outdoors they are “extremists” in the eyes of the crazy cat people. Asides

Lessons Learned From 4 Years of Animal Person, Part 2

Animal Person

I wrote about atheism, diabetes (which I do think is important and stay tuned for a video about canine diabetes and how to test blood sugar), dog food, feral cats, and of course, greyhound racing. Yesterday's lessons learned were primarily about blogging. Today they're about language. Lesson #7 Obsessing over language can become counterproductive. And this, coming from a person with a doctorate in Applied Linguistics. I can talk about language all day, every day.

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CATS for Cats

4 The Love Of Animals

100% of funds raised provide supportive funds for Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats ( www.kittybungalow.org ), a 501c3 nonprofit all-volunteer organization that rescues, neuters, socializes and find homes for feral kittens while providing outreach and Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR), as well as free and low cost spay neuter services in the underserved Los Angeles areas.

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On Ducks and Geese

Animal Person

Now I have the drama of the feral cats and of course the greyhounds. This is Girlie Girl. Not to be confused with Little Girl, of course. Reading Deb's post about the goslings at Poplar and getting Jenny 's request to sign a petition to save the Canada geese of Ballwin, Missouri from mass extermination reminded me how much I miss the wildlife at the neighborhood we lived in from 2002-early 2005.

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Powder Puff, RIP, and More

Animal Person

And last night, a veterinary surgeon-friend of mine asked for help regarding ferals, and I believe today we are signing up a colony about five miles from me with 50 (!) Stephanie posted the first of a series of guest posts by yours truly about TNR and Project Treadstone over at her immensely popular site at Change.org. Thanks, Stephanie! Speaking of Project Treadstone, Powder Puff, seen below, died over the weekend. Each time I saw him he looked sickly.