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  •  Barn owls eat plenty of mice! (1+ / 0-)
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    high uintas

    Mourning doves, hmm, maybe a climate change effect, a lot of their habitat is hotter and drier now.

    Perhaps you could consider keeping cats inside more during migrating season? Your avian regulars are probably cat-shy, but visitors might not be.

    I do think the suburban sprawl and their cats are more of a problem than areas that have been rural for a long time. There have been a lot of houses built into farmland and forest over the past few decades, so impacts on wildlife haves soared.

    It seems to me that with the changing climate, a lot of stressed species are a lot closer to the edge now. We don't see a species go extinct, it's sort of like drought, a slow emergency.

    It just seems to me that a feral cat colony is, as any invasive species, just one more stress on the local ecology.

    We can safely abandon the doctrine of the eighties, namely that the rich were not working because they had too little money, the poor because they had too much. JK Galbraith, 1991

    by Urban Owl on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 02:19:17 PM PST

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    •  I do understand what you are saying (1+ / 0-)
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      I live on a corner, windy road with fields behind me. The amount of drop off animals is unbelievable. We are stressed with trap/spay/neuter programs and working to adopt as many out as we can.

      It is a never ending and growing issue. My heart will not let me ignore the colony that was here when I came and will be here when I die, once a colony establishes it's there is almost always one. Still, with the t/s/n work I end up with more. It's very hard to handle.

      My indoor cats are always indoors, I am talking about real ferals who I can't touch or pet, who barely trust me to feed them. We are in the middle of a very tough winter here, there will be losses, I can't keep the stress off them even with all I do. Still there will be more, there always is.

      In Europe they have been using a contraceptive for cats for years. We claim it isn't safe and won't allow it's use here, only for people who raise pedigreed cats and want to control estrus. I don't know how safe it is, but it can't be worse than litter after litter. Sometimes I just don't know what to think.

      "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

      by high uintas on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 09:57:03 PM PST

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