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Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer by Peter P. Marra,Chris Santella

By Peter P. Marra,Chris Santella

In 1894, a lighthouse keeper named David Lyall arrived on Stephens Island off New Zealand with a cat named Tibbles. in precisely over a yr, the Stephens Island Wren, a unprecedented chicken endemic to the island, used to be rendered extinct. Mounting medical facts confirms what many conservationists have suspected for a few time—that within the usa by myself, free-ranging cats are killing birds and different animals through the billions. both alarming are the little-known yet in all probability devastating public wellbeing and fitness outcomes of rabies and parasitic Toxoplasma passing from cats to people at emerging charges. Cat Wars tells the tale of the threats free-ranging cats pose to biodiversity and public healthiness during the international, and sheds new mild at the controversies surrounding the administration of the explosion of those cat populations.

This compelling publication strains the old and cultural ties among people and cats from early domestication to the present growth in puppy possession, alongside the way in which accessibly explaining the technology of extinction, inhabitants modeling, and tom cat illnesses. It charts the advancements that experience resulted in our current impasse—from Stan Temple's step forward reports on cat predation in Wisconsin to cat-eradication courses underway in Australia this day. It describes how a small yet vocal minority of cat advocates has campaigned effectively for no motion in a lot an identical manner that certain curiosity teams have stymied makes an attempt to curtail smoking and weather change.

Cat Wars paints a revealing photograph of a fancy international problem—and proposes suggestions that foresee a time whilst natural world and people aren't any longer at risk of the affects of free-ranging cats.

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