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Cats Gone, Birds Return

By January 6, 2013

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Ascension frigatebirds are once again on the island they are named for. According to the Telegraph, a project to eliminate feral cats from Ascension Island has been successful, and now two of the endangered seabirds have begun nesting in their ancestral home. The birds have been missing from the island for nearly 200 years, ever since feral cats first invaded.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds coordinated the decade-long project with several methods approved by the RSPCA and the Humane Society, including capturing and relocating cats as well as the use of poisoned bait in areas where domestic cats or other animals would not be affected.

Feral cats are a grave threat to seabird nesting colonies, but the success of this and similar projects sparks hope for better wildlife management and bird preservation. Backyard birders can also take steps to discourage feral cats and protect their feeders and bird houses, even if the results aren't quite as dramatic.

Are feral cats a problem for you? Share your tips in the comments!

Ascension Frigatebird
Photo Drew Avery

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January 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm
(1) Nature Advocate says:

I can tell you one thing for sure; trying to befriend, reason with, educate, eventually argue with, and then even threaten cat-lovers will get you ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE. I tried all of the above over a 15-20 year period. Even the sheriff couldn’t convince them why releasing their cats is a bad idea. Even when he warned them that I had every right to shoot every last one of their cats to death, even that didn’t matter to cat-lovers. The end result? During that time their cats managed to annihilate all the wildlife on my lands. There was nothing left but cats everywhere.

That’s when I realized I made a foolish foolish error. I was trying to reason with delusional invasive species lovers to protect valuable native wildlife — just as you don’t ask your local career thieves for advice and help on how to protect your valuables from their daily motives and activities. It was time to give them the exact same amount of respect and consideration in return — ABSOLUTELY NONE.

So on advice of the sheriff the shooting started and didn’t stop until EVERY LAST ONE OF THEIR CATS WAS GONE — HUNDREDS OF THEM. Even when shooting their cats they released MORE cats. Come to find out they don’t even really even care about cats in the first place! They just use their cats to try to control and hijack all the properties and lives around them. I eventually shot and buried every last one of hundreds of their cats that were annihilating all the wildlife on my lands.

And it’s not just birds that cats destroy. They destroy everything that moves, directly, or indirectly by starving-to-death all those predators that depend on the senselessly destroyed prey left in the wake of cats making tortured play-toys of living things. They will even destroy valuable native vegetation by destroying those animals that are required pollinators for those plants or those that act as seed dispersers for those plants (as many smaller rodent and bird species do) or those that act as pest-control for those plants. Cats can and will wipe out whole ecosystems eventually — animal and plant.

A defensive stance is never, never, never going to solve this invasive-species feral cat problem for you. A concerted and direct offense against all outdoor cats is the ONLY solution. Don’t wait for cat-lovers to fix the problem that they created and perpetuate. That’s NEVER going to happen!

January 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm
(2) Nature Advocate says:

For a Reader’s Digest compilation of some of the most effective methods that I invented to get rid of every last cat from my lands, you can read them on another website where I posted them. Many of them are also applicable to urban areas as well. One of the most effective: baiting all your roadsides with fish-oils to lead every last stray cat for blocks and even miles around, right to your permanent solution on your own property. It doesn’t matter how a stray cat gets on your own property, once it is there it is perfectly legal to deal with them in any manner that you see fit! http://www.americanhunter.org/blogs/arkansas-will-trap-feral-cats

Now that every last cat is gone my wildlife has been recovering nicely for the last 3 years. I finally hear owls in my yard again. One so tame it sits on a branch about 10 feet from my door most days even when I’m out in the yard with it. It even nabbed a vole I had disturbed while walking through my yard one time, the owl landing nearly between my feet, it just looking straight-up at me all proud about its catch. I had to step over the owl to let it finish what it was doing. I get to listen to a chipmunk chorus again on calm late-afternoons. (Ever hear one of those? Sounds like a wooden windchime in various notes, all coming from every direction in the woods. It’s astounding. Visitors are floored when I bring their attention to a chipmunk-chorus that’s just starting up in the distance, and advising them to be quiet so as to encourage the nearer chipmunks to call to each other until the woods are filled with the sound.) Hawks are soaring in the skies regularly again. Grouse are drumming in the spring again. Spring-Peepers announce Spring again. A family of Gray Fox (one of the most beneficial native animals to grace the land) made a den near my home last year. I get to enjoy watching them prance through my yard nearly every other night, even bringing a kit or two with them. What clowns to enjoy watching. Birds I had never even seen in my life before now nest in my trees. 2 of these new species are Warblers listed in the Top-10-Songbirds of the world. What an amazing sound to awaken to during warmer months. The LIFELONG REWARDS for ridding your land of domestic cats (by shooting and burying every last one of them) are immeasurable and priceless!

I now feel nothing but immense pity and sorrow for anyone who has cats by them. Their lives are so dismally bereft and phenomenally empty that they don’t even realize it.

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