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Australia is killing all their feral cats and now they have a mouse plague — 4 Comments

  1. And now we have a mouse plague that has nothing to do with the culling of feral cats. Please point me to one credible source that says the feral cat cull was responsible for this outbreak? I’ve researched it thoroughly, and cats (or the lack of them) are not to blame.

    • I am not saying that the culling feral cats has produced this mouse plague. I’m just saying that when you remove from the ecosystem feral cats you are inclined to end up with problems such as this one. The Australian feral cat is part of the ecosystem, firmly entrenched. And what I am also saying is that Australians should use semi-feral cats constructively to help dampen down the plague. And I would also argue that if Australians were successful in totally eradicating all feral cats from the continent, then there would be rodent problems in the place of feral cats.

      • cats aren’t part of the Australian ecosystem. they’re an invasive species that has been destroying the ecosystem and this is why they’re being killed off.

  2. In reference to the title: ROFLMAO! 不不不不不

    Australia, rethink the rat poison! Once the mice start dying from the poison, NOTHING will eat the carcasses! This is true for two (2) reasons:
    1) Very rarely will a predator eat anything it didn’t kill.
    2) The animals that WILL eat mice can tell that it died from unnatural causes and will avoid the dead body.
    I know from personal experience. I found the dehydrated, almost paper thin, body of a squirrel in my yard near the property line. The neighbor poisoned it years before and NOTHING ate it.

    The best part?
    You will be stuck with the expensive task of removing the dead mice/rats. Think of the stench and diseases this will bring. Granted, some of them will die in plain sight. The rest will hide, and their bodies will rot before they are found. Not too healthy for you or your children!

    Practice TNR and relocate ALL the feral cats to the rat-infested areas. The cats won’t multiply, and the mice will die. That quickly solves both problems at the same time.

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