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Wildcats 1 - Songbirds 0

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle says his state is not going to succumb to public pressure to alleviate or at least reduce the wild (feral) cat population that is wreaking havoc on the songbirds in the state. An article at Yahoo! News estimated the wild cats kill between 47 million and 139 songbirds in Wisconsin each year. A report at ABC News estimated that the cats killed between 8 and 217 million songbirds each year, but said they thought the actual total was probably closer to 39 million. (These estimates obviouly need a little fine tuning, but no matter how you look at it, that's a lot of birds.)

This tidbit from the Yahoo! News article was quite amusing:

Animal rights groups belittled the idea as inhumane and dangerous.

I wonder how the birds who are being killed by the cats feel about this. (South Dakota and Minnesota currently allow hunting of wild cats and the songbirds are much happier there.)

Posted by Rick | April 16, 2005 09:37 PM

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