Hello Kitty! Please Don’t Kill Me!
Cats kill billions of birds and mammals every year, new study says.
A new study, published January 29 in Nature Communications, estimates that cats are responsible for killing billions of birds and mammals in the continental U.S. every year. The estimate: 1.4 billion to 3.7 billion bird victims and 6.9 billion to 20.7 billion mammals. Peter Marra, the senior author of the study, called the results "stunning." (Watch: A house cat's point of view.)
"For the last 20, 30, 40 years," he said, "the number that has been batted around as a max was about 500 million."
And there are a lot of potential feline killers. Over 80 million pet cats reside in American homes and as many as 80 million more stray and feral cats survive outside.
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