Thursday, March 29, 2012

cats are coyote prey > more anti cat / TNR from ABC

Several years ago, groups opposed to outdoor freeroaming cats and Trap Neuter Return or Release strengthened and rededicated their efforts with specific and collaborative strategies (notably but not only American Bird Conservancy, The Wildlife Society, US Fish and Wildlife Service.)

Today's ABC offering was a media release Studies Show Outdoor Cats Are Popular Prey for Coyotes
Well-meaning but misguided cat lovers are creating unsafe conditions for domestic cats by releasing them back into areas where they may become prey for coyotes and other predators,” said Darin Schroeder, ABC’s Vice President of Conservation Advocacy. “Owners who let their pet cat out into their neighbourhoods may be unknowingly ringing the dinner bell to unseen coyotes. We urge states, cities, and communities to reject this inhumane approach to the feral cat problem and instead, require responsible care of pets and the removal of feral cats from the wild."
As usual, it's picked up by various media outlets who generally accept whatever is included! Don't know why the press release above did not include a link to the current "study" mentioned . . .
A study just published in the spring edition of The Wildlife Professional, focuses on the urban coyote reality and references sightings of the carnivore in Central Park and Manhattan.
. . . but anyway, here it is: The Last Frontier: Eastern Coyotes in New York City
Anne H. Toomey, Mark Weckel, Chris Nagy, Linda J. Gormezano, and Scott Silver

Here's the 2009 version of ABC's press release Study Finds Outdoor Cats Easy Prey for Coyotes, Recommends Keeping Cats Indoors

Well-meaning but misguided TNR practitioners are creating unsafe conditions for domestic cats by releasing them back into areas where they may become prey for coyotes and other predators,” said Darin Schroeder, American Bird Conservancy’s Vice President of Conservation Advocacy. “Providing an all-you-can-eat buffet for coyotes is not a sensible solution and we urge states and communities to reject this inhumane approach to the feral cat problem and require responsible care of pets and the removal of feral cats from the wild.
The video mentioned in the press releases and today's news articles was released by ABC in May 2009.

While much of the anti cat/TNR information is biased and misrepresented, it is true cats are prey for coyotes and some people don't realize it. So the take away here is as I've urged numerous times before on Feral Cats in the News ~ the Feral Cat Blog! and on Cat Management in Communities or Community Cat Management:

Community Cat Management
A prevention AND solution action for cities, counties, communities is to immediately implement or support comprehensive cat management programs that promote CONCURRENTLY:


* spay neuter, identification, and containment as possible or supervision for 'owned' cats and
* Trap-Neuter-RETURN-Manage (TNRM) for unowned cats.
* covered dumpsters and garbage containers
Feral Cat Blog! Resource:

Learn about coyotes and how to co-exist: Coyote Project