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Conservation biology

Cats, rats and seabirds

Cats kill birds, and therefore eradicating cats from an island would seem to be a good strategy for protecting the native population of seabirds. But that thinking does not take account of ecological complications.

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Figure 1: Cook's petrel, Pterodroma cookii.


Figure 2: Petrels in peril.


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Le Corre, M. Cats, rats and seabirds. Nature 451, 134–135 (2008).

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