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Cats kill up to 3.7B birds annually

7:13 PM, Feb. 15, 2013
It is estimated that 80 million stray and feral cats are roaming the nation's alleys and countryside. And they are reproducing at an alarming rate.
It is estimated that 80 million stray and feral cats are roaming the nation's alleys and countryside. And they are reproducing at an alarming rate.
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The news that free-roaming cats are responsible for killing up to 3.7 billion birds and 20.7 billion mammals every year - a death toll that makes cats a greater threat to wildlife than nearly any other human-linked cause - is enough to make any cat lover cringe.

You might think that the solution lies in simply keeping Mittens inside, and that is certainly an important step toward protecting not only wildlife but also cats. But a new Smithsonian study indicates that "owned" cats account for the deaths of only about 29 percent of the birds and 11 percent of the mammals killed by cats. The rest are ...

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