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 No.774969

By Dave Golowenski For The Columbus Dispatch

Posted May 4, 2019 at 8:31 PM Updated May 4, 2019 at 8:31 PM

A plump eastern phoebe, its dark head and tail-pumping on display as it flitted from bush to pine to bush in the yard last week, was making itself conspicuous enough to be tracked by a stalking cat.

The cat, which belonged to the yard or the yard to the cat, was not hungry. Yet the otherwise-docile feline, like some sort of Manchurian Candidate, was acting out what the killer in his brain was directing him to do.

As was the phoebe, a devourer of insects but not of cats, unlike a few of its more robust feathered kin. The cat, earthbound, turned out to be not much more than an inconvenience to the phoebe as it fluttered toward taller timber ostensibly on a migratory mission that could lead as far as the boreal north of Canada.

Moving on was one of the things the phoebe’s brain was telling it to do. Many hundreds of millions of bird brains currently are conveying a similar message.

Migration requires running an ancient gantlet of birds, mammals and reptiles dead set on waylaying a warm, bloody meal. In modern times, moreover, the feathered migrants that travel hundreds, sometimes thousands, of miles from their winter digs to their summer nesting sites encounter numerous unnatural ways to perish.

Listen to the Cheap Seats podcast:

Unnaturalness can be traced to humans.

Domestic cats, it must be said, stand paramount among the previously abnormal causes of bird deaths. True it is that cats naturally go after birds. Yet before European colonists brought them to the Americas, no cats but native cats — larger, their numbers in check and wired for a different survivalist pursuit — roamed the landscape.

Closer to today, an estimated annual median of 2.4 billion deaths by cat count as the biggest human-caused contributor to bird mortality, reported a 2013 study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. On the side, domestic cats, with an estimated population of far more than 100 million, were estimated to kill a median of 12.3 billion small mammals yearly.

A high percentage of the small-animal deaths was wrought by domestic cats turned free-ranging and feral.

Not in question is that 92 species of the 1,027 protected under the 100-year-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act are listed federally as either endangered or threatened, the USFWS reports. Among a number of species not listed, populations have been trending downward.

One-third of North American species need “urgent conservation action,” concluded a 2016 report by the U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative, a consortium of government and nongovernment organizations.

https://www.dispatch.com/sports/20190504/outdoors--humans-and-their-cats-take-toll-on-bird-numbers

 No.775237

A cat ate my chiwowwow!


 No.775243

>>775237

i went out to fetch her in after she did her pee out back and the cat had her in it's jaws

i put a bear trap out next week with cat food in it and the cat had no head

I then took the cat torso in my house and shit down it's neck and then i threw the 2 body parts over to my neighbors house..the cat owner


 No.778924

Whats wrong with cats eating birds?

Sylvester and Tweety are just having some fun…


 No.778927

The Jews are framing cats to hide the consequences of their geoengineering


 No.778930

File: b6068572a7a95cc⋯.jpg (299.56 KB, 720x540, 4:3, redwire-singapore-shitty-o….jpg)

Fuck birds. Annoying motherfuckers crapping everywhere.


 No.779272

>>778930

eliminate cats or birds

see what happens to the earth

you cat cunt


 No.779277

fuck birds. i never have to clean cat shit off of my car.


 No.779286

>>779277

>I dislike nature for being the way it is


 No.779287

>>779277

>I'm a poorfag and don't own a garage or indoor parking spot and thus birds should die

Fuck off nigger.


 No.779291

fuck the flying shitters, cats are more important


 No.779292

File: 19ef1d69a20672f⋯.gif (391.78 KB, 400x225, 16:9, cat_shit_one.gif)

>>779277

>>779291

Expert shitters both


 No.779305

Cats are evil and should be exterminated


 No.779334

Maybe birds should try evolving to be not so retarded.


 No.779421

>>779305

exterminate yourself!


 No.779428

>>774969

Glad this is becoming commonly accepted fact. I treat stray cats like the vermin they are, it's really stunning how many people won't bat an eye about killing a perfectly healthy possum but they'll call the goddamn cops because you put down some wretched, mangy animal that some stupid nigger was too braindead to properly care for.

Anybody with half an ounce of sense would put a bullet through the head of every outdoor cat they saw.


 No.779444

>>779428

Im glad when my cat kills the dumb birds that shit up my yard :) I hope you endure a bird crap filled life.


 No.779452

>>779428

Stay in your basement Killcen.

It's not safe for your kind out here.

Only cool cats are allowed outside.


 No.779462

>>779428

i buyee yor cattees


 No.779479

>>779462

catee stir fry




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