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Further to the earlier post on proposed measures in Wellington to restrict cats at night, an article on the stuff website from a couple of years ago by Bob Brockie was headed Removing cats won’t save our birds

“Gareth Morgan wants to rid the country of cats because they kill our bird – this sounds reasonable but New Zealand scientists have evidence to show this would be futile and dangerous.

“Unknown to most people, three acclaimed world experts on animal predator/prey relationships live, or lived in the Hutt Valley – Mike Fitzgerald, John Flux and the late John Gibb – all former population biologists in the now-defunct Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.

“These scientists spent decades investigating feral cats, rats and rabbits in the Rimutaka bush, suburban Melling and on Wairarapa farmland and none would agree with Dr Morgan’s views.”

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