English wild­cats

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our Wild World -

I was in­trigued by the ar­ti­cle on rein­tro­duc­ing the wild cat, ‘Should we bring back the wild­cats of Olde Eng­land?’ (Au­gust 2018). As a con­ser­va­tion­ist, bird­watcher and cat owner, I am not con­vinced that Eng­land needs more cats. We are al­ready knee-deep in feral and house cats that have a marked neg­a­tive im­pact on wild bird pop­u­la­tions. If I could be con­vinced that we were about to ini­ti­ate a suc­cess­ful catch-neuter-re­home/ eu­thanise pro­gramme to tackle the feral cat prob­lem, I might be per­suaded. John Humphreys, via email

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