This letter was published March 23, 2008, in the Public Pulse of the Sunday World-Herald 143(25): 8B.
Rather than having spay and release efforts for feral cats, there should be a hefty bounty that would ensure their complete removal.
These predators eat wild birds, with some researchers saying that billions of our avian friends die each year nationwide.
Birds have many important roles in the environment, whereas cats have become established through carelessness and ignorance.. Those groups and people working to protect cats need to realize how cats cause the unneeded demise of many birds.
Save our wild birds by completely getting rid of the feral cats! And put a bell on your domestic cat if it goes outdoors.
A scientific study showing the impact of feral cats on wild birds.
"...These ratios are sufficiently low that even if individual cats only rarely predated birds, the total predation rate in a region may be sufficiently high to adversely impact bird populations. Moreover, the uniformly high cat densities may result in consistently high predation rates..."
The webpage for an option which is preferable to releasing feral cats back into the environment.
The Effects of Free-ranging Cats on Birds in Wisconsin: Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative Issues and Guidelines