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Thursday, March 17, 2011

What is the most common predator in North America? Thufferin' Thuccotash!

If I was a contestant on Jeopardy, I probably would have guessed "What is Homo sapiens?" 

But as Laura Tangley reports in her blog, The Wildlife Society announced on Tuesday that the domestic cat, Felis catus, is the most bloodthirsty of killers these days.  It seems there as many as 157 million cats running loose in the United States.

Wait. Read that again: 157 million cats running loose!

Maybe it is because they do not compete with us for the kind of prey found at Dunkin' Donuts that most of us have failed to notice the body count these legions of carnivores have racked up.  According to The Wildlife Society, they are racking one up to the tune of one million birds per day and up to a billion birds per year.

Assuming there are four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie that adds up to about 41,666,666.66 sixpence per year.  Quite the butcher's bill. 

Folks, one-third of the birds in North America are threatened or endangered.  Keep kitty inside.

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