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Wildlife refuge cameras catch cats in the act of poaching

A video camera catches a cat prowling on North Key Largo habitat created to protect the Florida Keys endangered woodrats and cotton mice (Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge)
A video camera catches a cat prowling on North Key Largo habitat created to protect the Florida Keys endangered woodrats and cotton mice (Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge)

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A Florida research project on endangered species in the hammocks of North Key Largo uncovered an unwanted cast of video stars: Cats perched atop man-made woodrat nests.

"The cats are doing the things that cats do when they hunt," Jeremy Dixon, manager of the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge says in a story by KeysInfoNet.

"It's not the fault of the cats," Dixon said. "It's the fault of owners who allow their cats to trespass into the refuge, or people who dump cats on North Key Largo."

My stand on the issue of domestic cats that are let loose to kill birds and other critters:

Loose-running domestic cats kill for fun. These cats are not wildlife. They should be licensed and required to abide by seasons and quotas just as human hunters.

 



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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