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Prior to human arrival our unique endemic fauna had no evolutionary experience in co-existing with mammalian predators and has suffered extinctions and general population declines as a result. Free roaming cats are a primary threat to most native species in urban areas. ‘Containing cats’ is protective of NZer’s favourite pet while giving native birds such as these Kakakriki the opportunity to re-inhabit gardens and increase the diversity of life that surrounds us.
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We are so lucky to live in the heart of a large city were we are surrounded by native birds that visit us every day. When you can sit on your lawn (that needs mowing ) for 30 minutes, with two Kakariki feeding on the ground and chattering to each other only 6 feet away from you – it becomes very clear to us why we would never own a cat again!
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The Kea seen here are endemic to NZ and nationally endangered. Like so many of our native birds their population size is relatively small (in the thousands) and they face a wide range of threats to their long term survival. Meanwhile the nationwide domestic cat population may be as high as 1.5 million animals and growing. Given the significant contribution of predatory cats to NZ’s bird extinction record and the continued threats they place upon many ground nesting birds and lizard species it goes without saying that responsible pet ownership begins with containment. Safer for cats, safer for wildlife.
photo; ‘Trouble in Paradise’
“The owner of this property is bird friendly and has their cats contained 100%. The cats have access to an outdoors enclosure directly via the house so never step foot outdoors – great to see such responsible cat ownership!!” Tamsin Orr-Walker of Kea conservation Trust.
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Huia (Heteralocha acutirostris)
New Zealand status: Endemic
Conservation status: Extinct
Huia were unique birds; sexually dimorphic due to the different bill shape and known to hunt cooperatively close to the forest floor in search of invertebrates and fruit.
Rats, cats, stoats and ferrets are attributed as the primary cause of this extinction, and would have found huia easy prey as it was often referred to as “ecologically naive”. Like so many endemic species in NZ, it had no evolutionary experience in co-existing with mammals and was not distressed by their presence. Genetic studies indicate a population of somewhere between 34,000 to 89,000 birds existed historically (in the North Island only) and a deadly cocktail or these predators and human hunting witnessed the loss of this entire population in a relatively short time.
Extinct birds of New Zealand. Alan Tennyson. Tepapa Press 2006
Male and female Huia. Image 2006-0010-1/11 from the series ‘Extinct birds of New Zealand’. Masterton. Image © Purchased 2006. © Te Papa by Paul Martinson See Te Papa website: http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/objectdetails.aspx?irn=711025&page=2&term=huia
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The removal of cats(domestic and feral) from natural environments enables endemic wildlife to recover and thrive.
“Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island was New Zealand’s first nature reserve. A campaign to eradicate feral cats on the island was successfully concluded in June 1980. Kokako and tieke (saddleback) were liberated following cat eradication and have flourished. Seabirds previously exterminated by cats and kiore are returning”. (Department of Conservation)
Article; a trip to Great Barrier Island. Auckland’s Petrel problem.
“It’s been a bad year for cats getting these birds and often when they kill a mother rail, somebody finds the chicks and brings them to Karen.
Rails are well camouflaged and can hid from most predators, but cats seem able to sniff them out, she says.
“There’s a big feral cat problem on this island and what they do to black petrels is particularly nasty. I’ve found petrels killed by cats. The birds are too big for the cats to manage, so they pull their feathers out to incapacitate them, or bite their heads off.”
On Great Barrier Island, Karen favours household cats being sterilized and not replaced once they die of old age.”
Artist Karen Walker wants to cats eventually banned from Great Barrier. The NZ Herald 5:00 AM Friday Jan 30, 2015
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In 1350 the world population was 370 Million people.In 2012 we had 7.2 Billion.The estimation for 2050 is 9.6 Billion.
With more people come more pet animals and some of them are cats.As cats have been domesticated (like dogs) for about 12000 years and are as far away from their original ancestor they are not natural any longer.Same as a chihuahua is a long way away from the wolf.Therefore cats are pet animals like every other pet and must be contained as the amount of cats worldwide which has increased with more humans does great damage towards native wildlife (there are earlier articles about that in this blog) and disturb the Biodiversity beyound repair.New Zealand has 11 extinct bird species in which cats (feral and free roaming) play the major part because they are very skilled hunters.Hawaii has also problems with bird extinctions due cats amongst other countries-some for which studies haven’t been done or published yet.Any other pet animal must be contained by their pet keeper except cats -which are the most dangerous soecies towards wildlife. It make sense to contain them and to regulate their numbers by mandatory neutering and chipping for the non-breeders who have no breeding license.Belgium has started successfully to contain cats with the help of cat keepers and wildlife is recovering. Cats can be kept in catio’s indoors or even walked on a leash.And trained to do that.Plus a cat will live longer if not exposed to free roaming out door live and will less likely become sick.There is plenty of good information on the Internet how to keep a cat happy indoors, where to buy or how to build a catio and how to leash train a cat.It’s time to apply the rules that cats must be kept contained like and other pet.
Fluffy Bums’ brings home a live bird; not because the cat is hungry, but because it is a natural, highly evolved predator. In this case the victim was an introduced thrush which was released by the owner. The bird may have survived if its skin surface was not penetrated by the cats teeth and saliva did not come in contact with the abrasions.
Most cats hunt instinctively, almost without purpose. While they have a small impact on rat populations, they hunt, harass and kill indiscriminately; predating birds, lizards and insects which are frequently native species. ‘Containing cats’ is about controlling and restricting predatory behaviours to protect important and vulnerable species while creating safer environments for NZs favourite pet.
photo by Peter Langlands Wild Capture (NZ) 2014
Another bird that is in strong decline due non native introduced predators like cats, rats and stoats (from which cats are the most skilled hunters and the main driver for the decline) in New Zealand is the Red Crowned Parakeet.
Sadly many cat keepers and self called animal lovers in New Zealand are mainly responsible for the decline and extinction of bird species and the decline of other wildlife by resisting towards a removement of some of the non native species like feral cats and stoats.But also by resisting to contain their own cats which kill birds and other wildlife just like their feral members.
“Formerly common throughout New Zealand, red-crowned parakeets are now largely restricted to pest-free offshore and outlying islands, from the Kermadec Islands east to the Chatham Islands and south to the Auckland Islands.
North Island and South Island mainland populations were eliminated through predation by introduced mammals (particularly cats, stoats and rats” ) nzbirdsonline