SCIENCE

Feral Cats Are Taking Over, And Australia Is Biting Back

Australia is planning to kill two million feral cats by 2020, and that may save thousands of endangered species.

SCIENCE
Oct 15, 2015 at 4:30 PM ET

Feral cats are a problem in Australia. The troublesome felines have hunted at least 27 native species into extinction, and likely threaten an additional 124 endangered species in the region. When the Australian government finally formalized plans this week to cull two million feral cats by 2020, however, there was an outcry from cat lovers everywhere. But, sentimentality aside, the cull may be Australia’s best shot at saving thousands of rare animals, millions of dollars and what’s left of a dying ecosystem. Here’s why cat culling matters: