Are Cape Town’s Domestic Cats Killing Indigenous Wildlife?

Cape Town’s domestic cats are killing indigenous wildlife

A current report by South African scientists has revealed that lovely feline pals of residents in Cape Town are liable for killing as many as 90 animals every 12 months.

The report goals to study the impacts of domestic cats on indigenous species in Cape Town. As these little creatures contribute to the extinction of species worldwide.

Making use of animal-borne video cameras or “KittyCams” to evaluate predation habits and developments. Scientists have been in a position to observe the actions of cats and reveal the destiny of their prey.

Three questionnaire surveys from 2009, 2010 and 2013/14 additionally used to trace the variety of prey cats really brought house to their homeowners.

As a result of Cape Town borders Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), these domesticated predators are sometimes in a position to hunt in protected areas.

Cape Town’s Cute Hunters

The study discovered that cats residing on the city edge and the deep city had similar rates of predation. Most hunting occurred in evening and solely 18% of the prey caught was truly brought back house for homeowners to see. Which means cats kill 5.56 times extra animals than they carry home.

Widespread forms of prey include reptiles (50%) with (17%) returning house, mammals (24%) with (54%) being brought house. Solely 6% of all prey caught by cats have been non-native, whereas 17% of animals killed symbolize a excessive value of cat predation for native fauna.

The study has revealed that altogether, Cape Town’s domesticated feline inhabitants of roughly 300 000 kills roughly 27.5-million animals yearly.

Amongst these which are killed, TMNP loses 203 500 animals yearly to cats residing on the city edge.

The study suggests something should accomplish to raised handle domestic feline predation. And save native species earlier than its too late.

See the full study here.

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