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Cat wars : the devastating consequences of a cuddly killer

Author: Peter P Marra; Chris Santella
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016] ©20 ©2016
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In 1894, a lighthouse keeper named David Lyall arrived on Stephens Island off New Zealand with a cat named Tibbles. In just over a year, the Stephens Island Wren, a rare bird endemic to the island, was rendered extinct. Mounting scientific evidence confirms what many conservationists have suspected for some time--that in the United States alone, free-ranging cats are killing birds and other animals by the billions.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Marra, Peter P.
Cat wars.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2016016785
(OCoLC)956378970
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter P Marra; Chris Santella
ISBN: 9781400882878 1400882877
OCLC Number: 956520709
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (212 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents: The obituary of the Stephens Island wren --
America's dairy land and its killing fields --
The rise of bird lovers and cat lovers: the perfect storm --
The science of decline --
The zombie maker: cats as agents of disease --
Taking aim at the problem --
Trap-neuter-return: a palatable solution that is no solution at all --
A landcape with fewer free-ranging cats: better for cats, better for birds, better for people --
What kind of nature awaits?
Responsibility: Peter P. Marra and Chris Santella.

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In 1894, a lighthouse keeper named David Lyall arrived on Stephens Island off New Zealand with a cat named Tibbles. In just over a year, the Stephens Island Wren, a rare bird endemic to the island, was rendered extinct. Mounting scientific evidence confirms what many conservationists have suspected for some time--that in the United States alone, free-ranging cats are killing birds and other animals by the billions. Equally alarming are the little-known but potentially devastating public health consequences of rabies and parasitic Toxoplasma passing from cats to humans at rising rates. Cat Wars tells the story of the threats free-ranging cats pose to biodiversity and public health throughout the world, and sheds new light on the controversies surrounding the management of the explosion of these cat populations. This book traces the historical and cultural ties between humans and cats from early domestication to the current boom in pet ownership, along the way accessibly explaining the science of extinction, population modeling, and feline diseases. It charts the developments that have led to our present impasse--from Stan Temple's breakthrough studies on cat predation in Wisconsin to cat-eradication programs underway in Australia today. It describes how a small but vocal minority of cat advocates has campaigned successfully for no action in much the same way that special interest groups have stymied attempts to curtail smoking and climate change. Cat Wars paints a revealing picture of a complex global problem--and proposes solutions that foresee a time when wildlife and humans are no longer vulnerable to the impacts of free-ranging cats.

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