January 30, 2013

Kittehs: the New Global Warming


Why are so many species of small animals currently threatened with extinction in North America? Global Warming? DDT? Chemicals from plastic bottles? Power lines?

No, kittehs!

Cats kill billions of birds every year and even more tiny rodents and other mammals in the United States, a new study finds.

According to the research, published today (Jan. 29) in the journal Nature Communications, cats kill between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion birds and between 6.9 billion and 20.7 billion small mammals, such as meadow voles and chipmunks.

Kittehs: today it's meadow voles, tomorrow it's you!

PS -- oh, yeah, thanks to Johnny for the tip.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:37 AM | Comments |