Should free-ranging cats be killed?

23 09 2016

screenshot-2016-09-22-20-45-54A Smithsonian ornithologist has a new book out called ‘Cat Wars‘, which argues that free-ranging cats are causing a conservation apocalypse. I first heard about it on the BBC, and almost all its news coverage is similarly from the UK (e.g. this). The Brits do love their cats… but also their garden birds too. A quandary? Maybe not: the RSPB disagrees with the book, arguing that the undisputedly many (and nasty) bird deaths do not translate into population declines, in what are essentially r-selected species.