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Letter: Free-roaming cats kill over 1 billion birds a year

Free-roaming cats kill over 1 billion birds a year

Kim Diana Connolly states in her Another Voice column in The News on April 16 that the TNVR (trap-neuter-vaccinate-return) program for feral cats does not result in a reduction of wildlife populations. On the contrary, the “return” to the outdoors portion of the TNVR program does exacerbate the huge number of deaths of our songbirds attributable to cats.

The reputable Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology reports that free-roaming cats kill 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds annually and are likely the single greatest source of anthropogenic mortality for birds. Numerous species of our cherished songbirds are in precipitous decline. Cats, both feral and domestic, should be kept indoors.

Richard Swank

Eden