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Old 11-22-2009, 06:39 PM   #1
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Default These pretty kitties can be deadly

These pretty kitties can be deadly
By Fred J. Aun/For The Star-Ledger
October 30, 2009, 6:25PM

These pretty kitties can be deadly | New Jersey Sports - - New Jersey Sports - NJ.com
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Itís likely that many of the same people who oppose bear hunting in New Jersey support the protection of feral cats. Kitties are cute...
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However, thereís truth in the maxim about good intentions paving the road to, shall we say, unintended consequences. As it turns out, those free-to-roam cats are causing pain, suffering and rather gruesome deaths among animals truly meant to be wild, including the beloved black bears.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:03 AM   #2
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Sort of surprised to see this in a newspaper and online. The author was real blunt, "Unfortunately, little that Roscoe (or anybody else associated with the Division of Fish and Wildlife) says holds much weight with the most fervently anti-hunting wing of the animal rights movement. If it’s wrong to kill a deer or bear, it’s wrong to kill a feral cat, they argue, even if that feline is spreading a parasite that kills (in a most horrible, brain- and lung-rotting fashion) deer, bear and most other birds and mammals it invades". Toxoplasmosis is nasty... and cats play an important role in the spread of the disease by passing eggs of the parasite in their feces.
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:00 AM   #3
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I know that cats preying on wildlife is a serious concern. But I had know idea they could spread diseases to larger animals.
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:46 AM   #4
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Default Scientists uncover process enabling toxoplasmosis parasite to survive homelessness

Scientists uncover process enabling toxoplasmosis parasite to survive homelessness
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Indiana University School of Medicine

Scientists uncover process enabling toxoplasmosis parasite to survive homelessness
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Parasites such as Toxoplasma gondii invade host cells, replicate and then must exit to find new host cells to invade. Traveling outside their host cell exposes the parasites to environmental stresses that limit how long they can remain viable while searching for new host cells.

The researchers found that the parasite triggers a stress response mechanism that alters protein production through phosphorylation of a factor called eIF2, which the Toxoplasma parasite uses to survive periods when it finds itself without a host cell. Phosphorylation is a cellular process in which a phosphate compound is added to a protein to alter its activity.

"Toxoplasma does not like to be homeless," said William J. Sullivan Jr., Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology. "Being deprived of the nutrients and shelter provided by the host cell is a serious stress on the parasite...
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Great article reinforcing the need to protect existing coyote populations wherever they succeed in settling. Your local coyote is your best and most diligent feral cat control officer, and he doesn't have an adverse effect upon your taxes!

Of course, those who champion the feral cat also lobby against the coyote...
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