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Cat curfews for the North

By johnboy - 6 September 2011 45

Simon Corbell has announced cat curfew regulations are being extended to Crace, Coombs, Wright, Lawson and parts of North Watson:

The new cat curfew areas adjoin significant conservation areas that contain critical habitats for several threatened species including lizards, insects and bird species that are susceptible to cat predation.

These include the nationally vulnerable pink-tailed worm lizard and striped legless lizard, the perunga grasshopper which is considered vulnerable within the ACT and the Canberra raspy cricket, which is confined to the Canberra region. Several threatened and declining woodland birds, including the white-winged triller, varied sitella and diamond firetail also feed and nest in neighbouring vegetation.

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Hanksinatra 2:17 am 02 Dec 11

so they were introduced to reduce vermin…like cane toads..brilliant

poetix 9:18 am 08 Sep 11

Jim Jones said :

Thumper said :

Please everyone stop cat hating. If you took some history lessons and found out how beneficial the domesticated cat (and dog) for that matter have been to human civilisation you wouldn’t be so quick to hate on them

It’s a little known fact that a cat designed the pyramids.

Oddly enough, cats could be said to have made the pyramids possible … in a roundabout way.

The cat is accepted to have been domesticated in Ancient Egypt when wild cats took up residence around grain stores and lived off the vermin that was eating (and often contaminating) one of the most important food resources. Because they provided such an important service protecting food resources, they were worshipped symbollically (as the god and goddess Bas and Bastest). Protecting grain stores also increased the viability of food storage, and therefore making it possible for more labour to be directed away from food production and into other areas, such as – for example – pyramid production.

Which sort of proves the point that they’re efficient killers of wildlife. Beautiful and deadly.

Jim Jones 3:44 pm 07 Sep 11

Thumper said :

Please everyone stop cat hating. If you took some history lessons and found out how beneficial the domesticated cat (and dog) for that matter have been to human civilisation you wouldn’t be so quick to hate on them

It’s a little known fact that a cat designed the pyramids.

Oddly enough, cats could be said to have made the pyramids possible … in a roundabout way.

The cat is accepted to have been domesticated in Ancient Egypt when wild cats took up residence around grain stores and lived off the vermin that was eating (and often contaminating) one of the most important food resources. Because they provided such an important service protecting food resources, they were worshipped symbollically (as the god and goddess Bas and Bastest). Protecting grain stores also increased the viability of food storage, and therefore making it possible for more labour to be directed away from food production and into other areas, such as – for example – pyramid production.

JerraGirl32 2:48 pm 07 Sep 11

I’ve owned both cats and dogs for years and I have to agree about the comments being made regarding dogs. This seems to be a contradiction when a lot of dog owners allow their dogs to roam free whilst saying that they’re ‘harmless’… Yet these people have differing opinions about the ferociousness of cats.

I’ve owned (trained) dogs that have been contained in a backyard, but still managed to kill birds, lizards, mice, possums etc so I’m unsure why cats are being targeted. My former neighbour’s dog even mauled and killed a cat by escaping into another person’s yard where their cat, ironically, was contained.

I would be interested in comparing how many dogs kill and seriosuly injure people per year in comparison to cats. Let’s face it – Canberra seems to be a town of cat haters.

Gungahlin Al 11:48 am 07 Sep 11

johnboy said :

myna, please everyone, myna birds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myna

That being the feral exotic species the Indian Myna (Acridotheres tristis – brown, short tail, with yellow skin bits).

But just to confuse things, the native species is the Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala – grey mottled with yellow skin bits) – also a feral and highly territorial nuisance that breeds far too well in human-modified environments, but not an exotic.

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