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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 29, 2013 - 09:30pm PT
Patrick, I told you not to get me started, and I've only just.
Did you see just a week or two back they caught a 17.5 footer?
That's a big-azzed snake. And for every one that size you know there
are 25 eight to ten footers.

Jim, could you have said no to her?
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Jan 29, 2013 - 09:34pm PT
He's not wrong about the pythons BTW.
john hansen

climber
Jan 29, 2013 - 11:32pm PT
When I moved into my house about 15 years ago there was a colony of rats living in the treeline by my property. My cat over two or three years took them all out. Maybe 50 or more. We are talking big rats, like 7 or eight inch bodies.

He was a damn good cat.

I live on the Big Island in Hawaii so rat's are introduced and a very invasive spieceis. Of course almost every thing on my acre of land is introduced. There are no endemic bird's except an I'o , a hawaiian hawk, flying around sometimes.

All the grasses and tree"s and bamboo and turkeys and phesants and doves and mynahs and cardinals and songbirds and fireweed and miykonya and gorse bushes and keawe trees and kukyio grass and cattle and goats and sheep and mongoose and the worst, wild pigs. Some one recently helicoptered some Axis deer to the Big Island from Maui. Axis deer have nearly destroyed the dry side of Molokai. I see bumper stickers saying "no axis deer eradication"

There are no snakes in Hawaii,,,, yet.

It seems to be an evolving new habitat where all these introduced things are competeing. There are herds of turkeys everywhere.

When you think of it many parts of the world are enviroments like this.
Pigs , horses, sheep , goats, and cattle were only introduced to north america about 500 years ago.

There was a light house keeper on some small island off of New Zealand. His cat wiped out the entire population of a speicies of bird in one summer.

Edit: Chaz I can see that happening, this cat wiped out a small wren type bird. Only 50 or so on the island.

And one last thought,


I wonder if pig's eat baby boa's? I bet they do.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jan 29, 2013 - 11:51pm PT
The lighthouse keepers themselves wiped out many a bird species. Egg collecting and sales was a major source of side income for many a lighthouse keeper back in the days of yore.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2013 - 02:25pm PT
Yeah I have been reading up on the Florida problem. Seems like they are reproducing faster than they can be hunted.


(A snippet from a New York Times article)
Florida’s fragile Everglades are of particular concern. Over the last decade, more than 1,300 Burmese pythons and other constrictors have been removed from the Everglades.

And the rule of thumb is that for every one you can see (and their markings make them very hard to see), there are another 1,000 out there. With no natural predators, these eating machines are stripping the delicate ecosystem of birds, mammals and fish.


Another snippet from another article
The LA Times reports:
Florida has long battled an invasive population of Burmese pythons in the Everglades. But a new species of invasive snake--the African rock python has recently been found on the loose as well. At least five rock pythons, one that measured 14 ft long, have just been captured in Miami-Dade county. Now, experts' fears are mounting that the Burmese and African rock pythons will begin breeding--and give rise to a new, dangerous 'super snake.'The African rock pythons were initially thought to be a few escaped pets that could be contained--but the recent spate of discoveries shows that they may indeed be a brand new breeding population in the Everglades. Which is bad news.


Super Snake - great name for a climb. Or Rock Python. I've only climbed Snake Dike.
Texplorer

Trad climber
Sacramento
Jan 30, 2013 - 03:32pm PT
The oatmeal's wonderful coverage of this issue.

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/cats_actually_kill
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2013 - 05:59pm PT
Oatmeal sounds like a cat hater.

That said, I grew up with all kinds of animals, the cats and dogs got along.

I love dogs. I took my late Ci (lab/border collie - died May 11 2001) from Wales to London to California to Ireland.

Back in the 1960s-1980s, of the several chicken coops we had (from 15'x15' to 6'6' - and all were left out during the day, free range), if there was a commotion (usually always during the night), I'd run up the hill with a couple of our dogs in tow.

Usually a skunk going for eggs (more than once holding my breath with a long shovel handle trying to get the stinker out). They rarely went for the chickens.

On the other hand if a chicken was gone... raccoon. And they could also rip the 9 gauge metal 'fencing/mesh' off a rabbit hutch and, rabbit gone.

Several times over the years and a couple of coops (which we built sturdily, but with chicken wire) were decimated,all chickens dead, none taken. Domesticated dogs. Just blood lust, it seems.

Dogs are pack animals, you get two or more and they have the pack mentality.

When I moved to Enniskerry, Co Wicklow in 1997, with Ci, locals told me that during lambing season "make sure you do not wander into farmer's fields, because they could shoot Ci". He had a good disposition and was born in north Wales, sheep/lamb country. I'd like to think that he would never attack another animal. But when or three or more get together, pack mentality, whereas cats, with the exception of lion prides, tend to be solitary animals (I did two years of zoology/ethology, but mainly studying California black bears and coyotes).

My point is, cat or dog, they are domesticated to a point, but can still have "primeval" instincts.

Just like humans.
G_Gnome

Trad climber
Pebble Wrestling.... Badly lately.
Jan 30, 2013 - 07:30pm PT
This misses some points.

A. Feral Cats are wild animals and have as much right to hunt and eat as racoons do and are generally less destructive.
B. Cats kills lots of reptiles too but of course nobody wants to hear about slimy reptiles.
C. Cats kill mostly mice and rats and that is a good thing as most other urban predators are gone.

All of these animals have been hunted by cats for many years and as far as I can see (my cat hunts more than most) the populations of birds and mice and rats and lizards are stable in my neighborhood.

I do admit that I let me cats out of the house and they are hunters but I don't really see anything wrong with that. After all, how many mammals do coyotes kill every year? And I don't see anyone complaining about coyotes.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Jan 30, 2013 - 07:52pm PT
my kitties stay in the house all the time.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Jan 30, 2013 - 07:58pm PT
Reptiles are not slimy by the way.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jan 30, 2013 - 08:21pm PT
C. Cats kill mostly mice and rats and that is a good thing as most other urban predators are gone.

Pick one,

Cats

or

Rats.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 30, 2013 - 08:49pm PT
Cats or rats? I don't think that is the choice. I don't have either
in my house so what does that leave? Maybe cleanliness and such?
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 30, 2013 - 08:55pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#287229
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 31, 2013 - 07:49am PT
Reptiles are not slimy by the way.

Jan, that is not entirely true. I know a lot of slimy human snakes.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jan 31, 2013 - 08:02am PT
I blame my handlers...! RJ
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jan 31, 2013 - 08:12am PT
A friend collected cats from the pound to keep the rodent population down around his new home...He also kept a bird feeder outside which his cats camped out next to at dinner time...One day his cat walked up to us with a western tanager in its' mouth...good kitty...!...Then the local cougar got hit by a speeding car....Fish and game found several kitty collars in the cougars belly...Good kitty...RJ
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jan 31, 2013 - 11:37am PT
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 31, 2013 - 05:03pm PT
Randisi and Rotting Johnny, I am trying to have glass of wine. Stop making me laugh.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Feb 20, 2013 - 09:15pm PT
I'll bet that you'll find that most of the bad kitty camp are in the save the kitty camp in the other thread.
OR

Trad climber
Feb 20, 2013 - 09:32pm PT
New Zealand? The cats are bad but it was the introduction of Stoats to help reduce the invasive rabits that did the real damage to the bird population many years ago. That place is like a textbook for bad decision making of introduced species. Stag, rabits, brown trout, stouts...the list is endless.
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