I would agree with him (referring to domesticated house cats, not native cats)...but could someone source and cite the exact quotes, here?
jack sweeney wrote:Hello everyone, i am new here but i am not new to permaculture.
Bill Mollison states in a few of his permaculture books that there is no place in the permaculture system for cats(please correct me if you think i am wrong). so does anyone disagree with him on this?
Fred Morgan wrote:
But, perhaps Bill's point is the common domesticated cat shouldn't be assumed to belong in the garden - and of that I agree. Here in Costa Rica, the barn cats eat lizards and rodents among the wood piles we have, which is a good thing. They stay very very close to the wood stock too, for cover.
Walter Jeffries wrote:
Frank Callo wrote:As I see it, the biggest problem with cats is that they reproduce pretty prodigiously. I live in an urban environment and the feral cats are something of a neusance
This is a loss of balance of predators. We're out in the mountains. Coyote, fox, fisher, cougar, lynx, hawk, etc all have a taste for cats and will hunt them keeping the population down. Sounds like you need more predators in the city.
Albert Johnston wrote:It is understandable considering the damage done by cats to the environment that an Australian would have to say no to cats. Every geographical area has their own history with felines. Most of these nocturnal critters thrive because humans feed them and think they are cute. Here in Central Florida we have been blessed with the return of the coyote. It's cunning and nocturnal habits have helped bring down the feral cat population along with the overpopulation of raccoons and opossums. Bobcats and panthers are a normal part of the Florida wilderness. So there is a place for cats here. Just not so many. I would say that the fire ant has been far more destructive to native species than all of the history of felis domesticus.
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