Kitty the Killer? The Raging Debate Over Feral Cats

Revered and reviled, pampered and persecuted, the domestic cat (Felis catus) has stirred up passionate sentiment since it first came to live among human beings 4,000 years ago. Though it may no longer be worshipped as a god or burned as a demon, the cat continues to evoke feelings ranging from adoration to hatred. The hunting prowess that made it so valuable to farmers and sailors has landed it on the most-wanted list of some wildlife advocates who blame the world’s most widespread predator for accelerating the demise of imperiled species from tiny beach mice to the majestic Florida panther.