WAR ON CATS: Progressive Study Says “Policy Intervention” Needed to Protect Mice from Cats

It’s an Obama world.
Now the progressive loons want “policy intervention” to protect mice from cats.

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A recent study found that cats are killing mice at an astonishing rate.

Anthropogenic threats, such as collisions with man-made structures, vehicles, poisoning and predation by domestic pets, combine to kill billions of wildlife annually. Free-ranging domestic cats have been introduced globally and have contributed to multiple wildlife extinctions on islands. The magnitude of mortality they cause in mainland areas remains speculative, with large-scale estimates based on non-systematic analyses and little consideration of scientific data. Here we conduct a systematic review and quantitatively estimate mortality caused by cats in the United States. We estimate that free-ranging domestic cats kill 1.4–3.7 billion birds and 6.9–20.7 billion mammals annually. Un-owned cats, as opposed to owned pets, cause the majority of this mortality. Our findings suggest that free-ranging cats cause substantially greater wildlife mortality than previously thought and are likely the single greatest source of anthropogenic mortality for US birds and mammals. Scientifically sound conservation and policy intervention is needed to reduce this impact.

And, to think, “mousers” were once valued for their hunting skills.

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  • OMGosh, the ignorance!

  • Rob

    I’d like to be protected from Liberal idiocy.

  • GT

    They do kill a lot of birds. It’s open season on cats that stray into my back yard. Cats are tasty snacks for the local owls and coyotes also.

  • Flintstone F.

    who is using my information on here. First I was MERRI, then Larse, now Flintsone F,

    Heaven only knows what other names they have used. Discrediting my post and acting childish.

    I would like for this stupidity to stop, immediately!

  • JDR-Taq

    I see that picture and I say “Good kitteh! As soon as you clean up a bit, pettins for you!”

    My God with this and banning D-Con, these people will bring the plague back.

    I’m starting to wonder if the “unintended consequences” of lib behavior really are “unintended” at all.

  • Flintstone F.

    #4 is not Flinstone F. but that is what the HACKER posted on my information

  • Flintstone F.

    #6 AND FOR IS ME, Patty, so, everytime I want to post the are changing my info

  • JDR-Taq

    Flintstone F.

    I would like for this stupidity to stop, immediately!

    And I would like a Proverbs 31:10-31 woman, on my lap, immediately.



  • Patty

    my information is being hacked

  • Patty


    This is no joke my information is being hacked, first I was Merri, then Larse, then Flintstone

  • JDR-Taq

    Jim, something’s WRONG with commenting.

    I just posted a comment, and the “Leave a Reply” section returned…

    Flintstone F.s information was in the Name and Email boxes, not mine, like usual.

    Something is definitely screwy.

    Even Gravatars are useless now, Jim.

    I’m done here if this is not fixed QUICKLY.

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  • Patty

    #4,6,7,9,10 are Me, Patty. I have been hacked and this person is using the names I mentioned.

  • JDR-Taq
  • Joanne

    They crap in sand boxes and everyone else’s yards too. Bad cat food killed my cat – maybe it was on purpose. OOOOOOH.

  • Patty

    #11 January 30, 2013 at 5:45 pm
    JDR-Taq commented:


  • JDR-Taq

    Patty, YOU are not being hacked.

    The Gateway Pundit has been hacked to display the previous commenter’s name and Email address just after you hit “post comment”.

    I’m done here until this is fixed. I don’t care if it takes a year.

    I COULD have your email and Flintstone F.’s. But no, I saw what happened, and re-input my info, deleting yours — there’s this thing called privacy, and this other thing called integrity.

    Both are gone at GP right now, and quite exploitable for those with no integrity.

  • King

    Since the government has banned rat poison I’m going to breed cats and release them all into the wild. Hundreds. Thousands. The world won’t stop turning if mice and rats go extinct.

  • JKB

    My cats must be broke. I have a house cat who goes outside but only kills the odd mouse found in the garage and I assume the house should one breach the perimeter. Plus a half feral who I feed and I believe another feral on occasion. They are all three black so hard to tell apart, especially at night. Yet, the birds eat the hard cat food right out of the bowl and the voles are still plowing up my yard.

  • Patty

    January 30, 2013 at 5:55 pm
    Anonymous commented:

    This name just came up on my computer

  • ★FALCON★

    No offense Jim – but this format is old and outdated. I suggest Intense Debate for an actual conversation. It’s not “lively” as the topics demand. Of-course this is your site, an yours’ to do as you wish.

    Anyway – I don’t like cats – they run rampant in my neighborhood and the owners could careless. I know this is going to offend some folks that love cats, but I would like the option to remove them from my property, permanently. I’ve had enough crap under my deck.

  • JDR-Taq

    (It’s really me, testing using a completely made-up email addy, to see if I get JKB’s info, like I just did for Flintstone F, Patty, and King)

  • JDR-Taq

    I don’t know if my test actually posted a comment, using a made-up email, but again, it returned with Patty’s email again. (Don’t worry, I erased it immediately, and am using “[email protected]” as my fake address.)


  • JDR-Taq

    If they know your Email address, they can post as you, USING YOUR GRAVATAR.


  • Lim Lynn

    What happen to the blog…since my comments haven’t yet approved where weaselzippers.us link in another thread. Actually, Cats were useful to catch rats that destroy grains such as rice in Asian countries. Shame on Traitor in Chief and his band of uneducated man.

  • Now, my name is TeachX, I suppose now I have his email

    I have been hacked.

  • JDR-Taq





  • ★FALCON★

    As for the post hijacking – I noticed today that my posting info / box was empty. This never happens unless I clear all cookies. My user name and email as always present. Which leads me to believe that someone has hijacked the email addresses for some posters.

    This info always shows up unless the cookies are empty and it’s a simply click to have the info re-appear.

    So, something has happened to the posting format.

  • JDR-Taq

    Now I am You on my inform. and I see your email

  • ★FALCON★

    Oh, and two days ago – I noticed that the user name and email address are showing in an alternative script. Someone hijacked it.

  • JDR-Taq

    #29 is not jdr,

  • JDR-Taq
  • ★FALCON★

    By the way – (repeat post since the last one vanished) – the script in the user name and email box changed about two days ago.

    Someone has definitely scrambled the format.

  • JDR-Taq
  • Patty

    I am not mixing words but if I should have ANY further problems, any, someone will pay.

    I will you the laws if necessary.

  • Patty


    Yes that was the address

  • Patty

    Yes that was your address, I saw

  • Ninja

    I’m doing a test.

  • Patty

    use the law, correction, I am livid

  • ★FALCON★


  • Sasja

    I wonder why the assault against cats now? They can be a nuisance but I would rather have them around than a ga-zillion mice and rats.

  • Maggiej

    Cats are too cute to make fun of and beside epa just banned dcon so someone or something has to do something about the rats

  • ★FALCON★

    No one has hacked my name nor info. I don’t see anyone accidentally using my screen name – but I have noticed a few changes in the overall format.

    1. Script in the user name and email box.
    2. Vanishing posts. I know this has been a concern for others, yet it has not happened to me until this week.
    3. Time delay in the Post Comment / Submit and the actual post appearing.
    4. An alternative email address works just as well with no scrutiny from the same IP address.

  • UDell

    Where does it mention mice? Feral and free ranging cats are a menace to bird and other populations. This is not new, or “looney”, information.

    In many areas, feral cats are trapped due to the damage they do to local animal populations, particularly rare birds.

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  • Maggiej

    The cats are taking the place for d con ban.

  • Maggiej


    did go through, took long enough

  • Digger

    Maybe the leftist goons can draw up a contract with ALF to thin out herds of cats, just as long as he can get away from Melnak.

  • UDell

    A “policy intervention” would be something like this:

    “Keep your cat on your own damned property, or it’s going to be captured and
    taken to the Humane Society. You have three days to pay a fine and pick it up”

    This is a scientific paper pointing out the problem, and recommending that localities need to do something about it. It has nothing to do with Federal law.

    Seriously….this blog has gone down the rabbit hole.

  • UDell
  • Paddy

    I believe that the studies that are the basis for the claims were studies upon islands. Then the data is extrapolated to apply to continents. Those computer model are devilishly clever and totally misleading.

  • Freddy

    All of the ‘extra’ cats should be immediatly shipped to Chicago as they have major rat infestations at all levels of government!

  • mg4us

    I wonder what Mickey Mouse would say about this. . .

    Yup, Not another government program!!!!

    Probably another Hoax like man-made global warming. . .

  • Sasja

    The feral cats in our neighborhood must be lazy because our bird population has exploded. Birds make more of a mess with their poop than do cats. Their singing in the early morning hours in the Spring is nice to hear, but I wish they would fly off somewhere else the rest of the day. Funny thing this winter, I have noticed a couple of hawks loitering about which I have never seen before.

  • L.barney

    Yeah I guess it’s true- These people actually BELIEVE JERRY was a REAL mouse!

  • Jim

    The black plague was promulgated by the good citizens way back then who killed cats thus allowing rats to thrive that carried the disease. Those who ignore history are destined to repeat it.
    Sign your name in the text –

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    A recent study found that cats are killing mice at an astonishing rate.

    First it was D-Con, now cats are coming under scrutiny. What’s next, the Woodstream Company?

  • Lim Lynn

    It’s true about 1, 2 one of my comment when missing when I submit it and had to rewrite them , 3 time delay what happen to me wordpress saying I post too fast and 4.

  • Sam Stone

    I am guilty! I have owned many cats and all were outside often. Wouldn’t trade my cats for any birds or rodents.

  • Redwine

    The anti-cat thing was probably instigated by Cass Sunstein before he abandoned the title of “regulations czar” and scurried further int the shadows to do his dirty work. It’s probably somewhere in the enormous pile of O-Tax regulatory garbage. Sunstein is an advocate of pets having rights to sue their owners, or some such meshugas (Yiddish for craziness). The regime will come after your pets and farm animals, too. Just watch. Like all oppressive, totalitarian, utopian regimes, they want – no, crave – to leave the people defenseless, sick, starving and in rags. They are all sociopaths. They are overjoyed at bringing n the plague and then denying even basic health care.

  • rainmom

    #51 – paddy
    you’re correct. the first i saw of this was in an article about new zealand – how feral
    cats are killing endangered birds. totally different argument.

    about the hacked postings…i love to read all the comments (and enjoy the links) posted
    here. this afternoon, i noticed that my posting info was not correct, so i left the site, came
    back after a while, and it was fine. jim’s idea for signing names at the end of posts is a good one.


  • Dawgonitt

    Stupid Liberals. They will pass a Anti Mice Consumpsion Zone Law and spend Millions posting signs across America to combat this injustice.

  • Adi

    But if mice hunting is to be abolished and not all cats can reach the level of being test subjects for Gillette, maybe some food-stamp program for the starving cats is in order?

  • Flintstone F.


    The same thing happened to me yesterday. Other people’s emails were appearing in the Leave a reply boxes.

    When I figured that out I just deleted it and put my info. back in. I’m not interested in anyone’s email so there’s no threat from me.

    I guess just make sure your name is there.

  • DecentAmerican

    The stupid hypocrite PETA liberals, who mourn the moose that Sarah Palin shoots, then eat their filet mignonette and wear their leather boots.

    It’s the circle of life, stupids. Without feral cats, mice would run rampant and uncontrolled. I guess the racist DEMOKKKRATS would rather have rats than cats amount them.

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  • Rubble B.

    Still seeing other people’s emails.

    Flintstone is on vacation, Bam Bam Rubble is house sitting with Dino.

    Cats are cool. Love that picture. I submit that I have a right to hold and bear a cat against life threatening rodents. If they take away my poison, I’ll have to get the cats out of the gun safe.

  • Lim Lynn

    Cats don’t know how to use food stamps but when you start feeding them cans of tuna they will eventually come and rub their body on your leg.

  • Rubble B.


    There is public housing and free showers for prairie dogs. I’d like to see a private foundation to provide kitty shoulder bags for holding balls of yarn. It’s not as good as a mouse, but it might be enough to keep em away from drugs, which of course always leads to gun violence.

  • Lim Lynn

    Confusion kidnapped usage usernames.
    Motive post No. 4
    1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40
    I can see jim and rainmom writing at the end of the comment.
    The real commentators.
    6, 9, 16, 20, 31, 35, 37, 64

  • jorgen

    I guess the Socialists want to educate wild cats to become vegetarians.

  • Lim Lynn

    Traitor in Chief Rat just told the crowd, “I’m not a KING.”

  • Lim Lynn

    Testing Traitor in Chief supporters with 5 Questions.

  • Secret Squirrel

    All I can say is hey liberals leave those cats alone. They are actually useful in this world liberals are a waste of skin and air.

  • Lim Lynn

    Day 94 New Jersey New York cold winter why Traitor in Chief not helping at all.

  • Lim Lynn

    Agenda 21 Sandy Hook Ralph Percy and The Duke OF Hamilton G4S London Olympic 2012

  • Chris in N.Va.


    Medical research has just been discovered to be one of the primary causes of death among white rats living in laboratories.

    Federal Government protective intervention is being considered.

    Film at 11:00. (But if you brush before bed, that’ll take care of the film…)

  • LOL Cat


  • dmacleo

    mine works

  • Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157

    It’s a wonder how we can have a human population of seven billion with this kind of stupidity. 99% of the world’s species have gone extinct, and someday, humans will be on that list. Tick-Tock!

  • johnT

    One day its, “Brace Yourself for a Rat Infestation… EPA Bans D-Con” and the next they’re doomed because of cats.

    Should I worry about the little critters…. Or not?

  • burt

    Welcome to the world of Obama. Christian and Jews believe that God made man to have dominion over the earth. Obama believes that mice and rats should rule the earth. Now you understand why he hates Christians and Jews.

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  • Reno_Dave

    In the 1970s, when I was a kid, we moved into the foothills in Hayward, CA near a city park which abutted a canyon area with hiking trails. We used to see California Quail (the State bird) come out of the canyon every day.

    Sometime in the 1980s, people began dumping their cats in the park, and the feral cat population grew.

    The quail disappeared in the ’90s, and despite efforts to trap and remove the ferals (one guy on the block caught 50 – 60 over several years, and I trapped at least a dozen,) they continue to plague the park and canyon.

    I moved to Reno in 2009, and we used to see a few squirrels around the apartment property. A few tenants let their cats live outside during most of the year (they bring them inside during the winter,) and now the squirrels are gone.

    I can understand having a spayed or neutered “barn cat” at a farm, but think that all other cats should be kept indoors.

  • Teddy

    What we need a moratorium on liberals.

  • Cactus

    Humane groups are already running TNR (trap, neuter, return) programs for feral or “community” cats. They do just what they say: trap the cats, have them spayed/neutered, then release them back to where they came from. This way, the cats don’t have to be killed, but there aren’t generations of new ones. Obviously, this method takes a while, but it does work, and it’s a humane solution.
    -Cactus, using a fake email to see what happens

  • shadow

    Christian and Jews believe that God made man to have dominion over the earth.

    Wouldn’t controlling the numbers of feral cats be considered part of that dominion?

  • aprilnovember811

    So, now they’re going to incite cat cruelty? Good grief, they should have their I Amendment rights taken away. Please don’t call these people “Progressive.” Call them what they really are, the mentally ill. If any cats are abused because of this, this group should be sued for millions in damages.

  • sablegsd

    Too bad they don’t give a damn about all the birds and bats dying from their stupid, worthless windmills.

  • Rachel

    I guess they don’t teach about the food chain in school anymore either. And here I thought they just no longer taught history or the 3 R’s.

  • YourMaster

    libs will hafta pass laws to ban the killing of rats by cats
    AND THEN… the bubonic plague will return
    and kill about 20 million people…

    and libs will be shocked their policies caused it.

    …or they will have to force the population to eat cats and serve them to children in the cafeteria in public schools along with other cokked or baked animals…
    I mean… 0bama already eats dogs so… this seems like one of the likely lib solutions.

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  • Lim Lynn

    Hope you had the TIME of your life…. Serco is evil.
    Serco: ‘Sophisticated’ Attack On U.S. Govt. Pension Plan Nets Info On 123k

  • Reno_Dave

    #90 – The problem with the “food chain” argument is that the fact that the feral cats in a population center have so many alternative ways of getting food, that their numbers greatly exceed what would be the normal ratio of predator to prey that’s found in nature.

    In the case of my experience in Hayward, CA, there was a woman in the neighborhood who would feed a dozen or more feral cats every day. That increased the ratio of predators to prey in the area, and since cats sometimes kill for sport, meant more birds and small mammals were killed than would have been otherwise.

    Then again, I’m a dog person, so I’m a little prejudiced against cats to begin with.

  • Neal

    Coyotes will fix that problem.

  • Jeannie

    Disarm. Herd us all into the city. Make living conditions primitive. Control all aspects of our environment.

    Decrease the surplus population so the illegals can replace us in their rightful roles as valued citizen, enjoy the kind of lifestyle of N. Korean goon army military and join the private militia to repress any minority folks still thinking about freedom and attempting to enter classes above their stations.

    eugenics and oppression, now playing in nearly every current government run by non-representative stupid, narcissistic egomaniacs.

    Folks, we outnumber them. Wake up and grow spines and focus.

  • Jeannie

    Your master: we do not know how low a number eugenics, pop control enviros think is optimal for a sustainable earth.

    Mao killed 80 to 100 million and these folks celebrate him.

  • Jeannie

    People do not have nearly the effect activists claim and those of you who support our fixing things are the grease that runs the government cranking out freedom stealing decrees.

    God made people in his image. A little use of brain cells would help deduce that diminishing our ranks in favor of the animals, who have no free will but automatically respond to inner natural rules of behavior, and the planet, which ruthlessly kills with natural elements unless tamed by man’s ability to create families, shelter and civilized society, might help us escape this PC, relativist chicken hearted era.

    The awful humans are those now in power repressing us because they assume their awful behavior is shared by the masses and so they have to overpower. In truth common decency is a much more normal desire, but we’ve let it be indoctrinated out of us.

    Faith builds. Narcissism and self-interest destroys.

  • Lim Lynn

    Look at every kitten and cat similar to Maru cute lying around under the sun spot.

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  • Beyondtheblackstump

    Cats need to be protected from the progressives!

  • CV1

    Really? Cats eat birds and mice? When did this start?

  • Jeffery

    What does this scientific study have to do with President Obama and liberals? The researchers approximated the number of birds and small mammals killed by domestic cats. Did Jim read the article?

  • JPL17

    Jeffery [sic], what part of “Scientifically sound conservation and POLICY INTERVENTION is needed to reduce this impact” do you NOT understand? That’s liberalspeak and liberalthink writ large.

    Didn’t YOU read the article?

  • JPL17

    Just more anti-feline propaganda from the Canis lupus familiaris-worshipping toadies of the Leftist media!

    I’m proud that my Tom-Tom and Max are responsible for a significant fraction of the mammalian death toll!

    (Not to mention that they’ve put significant dents in the local reptile and amphibian populations as well.)

    As I like to say (with apologies to Charlton Heston), “They can take away my kitties when they pry them from my cold, dead fingers…”

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  • capawesome9870

    does any one remember the plague. spread by mice and rodents around the country.

    Plague is a deadly infectious disease that is caused by the enterobacteria Yersinia pestis, named after the French-Swiss bacteriologist Alexandre Yersin. Primarily carried by rodents (most notably rats) and spread to humans via fleas, the disease is notorious throughout history, due to the unrivaled scale of death and devastation it brought.

    Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plague_%28disease%29

    so i thank them and all cats for keeping us safe from diseases.

    i have 2 cats that kill a probably 5-10 a week each.

  • Stan

    I have both dogs and cats. I appreciate the cats killing rodents, because rodents entice rattlesnakes into the area. No rodents for them to feed on and the rattlesnakes go elsewhere.

  • Buck Bradley

    Nature’s magnificent killing machines. I thought it was so funny that I could never convince my mother that if I accidentally let one of my cats outside they would not inevitably get lost and starve to death. Eaten by a coyote? Run over by a car? Sure maybe. Starve to death? The birds and the rodents should be so lucky……