Recovery: Saving the “Rat” That Isn’t — Cool Green Science

At first glance this post on the Nature Conservancy’s blog ‘Cool Green Science’ appears to be about a hut building rodent in Florida but really it’s about CATS.  In particular the impact of the new trend of trapping, neutering and then releasing feral cats back into the wild. In New Zealand It’s a policy being pushed by the Royal NZ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RNZSPCA).  While I thought the logic was flawed this article is about science that demonstrates that IT IS flawed, resulting in higher impacts on native wildlife.  Besides that there is the oddity of any SPCA promoting the lives of feral cats as worthy when to live the cats must hunt other animals and they are not particular about how they do it.  Even frogs and geckos SCREAM.  Follow the link in the title or below to read the full article.

Extinction of the endangered Key Largo woodrat seemed likely as recently as 2012. But thanks to years of work by two dedicated volunteers and recent enlightened management by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this subspecies of Florida woodrat is making a dramatic comeback. The worst of its problems was and is free-ranging domestic cats.…

via Recovery: Saving the “Rat” That Isn’t — Cool Green Science

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