Friday, February 1, 2013

This Week’s Adirondack Web Highlights

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2 Responses

  1. Ellen Jones says:

    I think a warning is in order with regard to the new “study” on cat predation. I have downloaded the study and reviewed it. I am an avid birdwatcher and very concerned about the decline in some songbird species, but this study is just bad science at its very worst.

    For instance, the figure on the number of feral cats in the US is not backed up by any evidence. As the authors admit: ‘No precise estimate of the un-owned cat population exists for the United States because obtaining such an estimate is cost prohibitive, and feral un-owned cats are wary of humans and tend to be solitary outside of urban areas.” However, the validity of the conclusions of the study rests on multiplying predation data (also very questionable) by the estimates of feral cats. As far as I know, all such estimates are just wild guesses, pulled from thin air and not based on wildlife surveys.

    Let’s get some real data before we start scapegoating cats!

    • John Warren John Warren says:

      Hi Ellen,

      Thanks for the closer look. That’s why we link to these kinds of studies. To get people’s attention and get them looking deeper into the issues.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      John Warren