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Kitty Cam Reveals Cat’s Secret World of Slaughter

The world of free-roaming house cat has been a mystery to humans until
University of Georgia researcher Kerrie Anne Loyd outfitted cats with
"kitty cams." She found out that behind the cute meows lie a
secret world of slaughter:

Based on a U.S. house-cat population of 74 million, "cat predation
is one of the reasons why one in three American birds species are in
decline," says George Fenwick, president of American Bird Conservancy.

"The previous estimates were probably too conservative because
they didn’t include the animals that cats ate or left behind,"
University of Georgia researcher Kerrie Anne Loyd says.
The cats brought home just under a quarter of what they killed, ate
30% and left 49% to rot where they died.

The carnage cuts across species. Lizards, snakes and frogs made up
41% of the animals killed, Loyd and fellow researcher Sonia Hernandez
found. Mammals such as chipmunks and voles were 25%, insects and worms
20% and birds 12%. The researchers will present their findings this
week at an Ecological Society of America conference in Portland, Ore.

Elizabeth Weise of USA Today has the story: Link
| Kitty Cam official
website


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