The population of feral cats in Australia has massively grown and this raises problems for the ecosystem.
A study led by the University of Queensland found that feral cats are spread around 99.8% of the land and this only made the government want to stick more to their target to kill at least 2 million of them before 2020.
But why do they want to eradicate such a large number of cats? Or more exactly, what are feral cats? They are a form of stray cats that are not accustomed to the presence of man and cannot be introduced into a home. They are wild animals, actually. Feral is used to describe something brutal or ferocious. Such cats are aggressive, fierce predators that have not been domesticated. They also have peculiar hunting habits. If they get fond of a certain type of prey, they will hunt that certain prey regardless of the fact that they affect the population of that species.
Thus, the main problem with feral cats is the impact they have on the ecosystem. They are found to be responsible with a huge number of animal extinctions in Australia. This can only make the specified authorities anxious to get rid of so many of them.
The government will develop a strategy in this sense and their perspective includes an open invitation to the private sector to get involved in the conservation of endangered species.
A research funded by the National Environmental Science Programme found that choosing certain populations of feral cats for exterminating is the best solution for conservation. The decrease in numbers of feral cats has been observed after studying 100 different groups and populations, so targeting only a specific group would have more impact.
The changes in the weather are also a bad omen for the environment. During the dry season we are faced with a hoard of hungry feral cats with nothing to eat. When the rain season begins, there is a burst in the population of cats and they are about to hunt everything to extinction.
Therefore, the enlarged number of feral cats consists of a danger for the Australian environment and an initiative to diminish the numbers of these cats should not be seen as an outrage, but rather as a method to help the ecosystem.
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