Rhone. In Lyon, cats and biodiversity do not mix

Forget the image of Duchess of the Aristocats or that of kittens who are smile machines on the internet. The cat, favorite domestic animal of the French, is now clearly singled out. “Cats have lived with humans for 10,000 years,” explains Mathieu Coumoul, of Species in Lyon. “We must not minimize its social role in the city. He calms people who are often alone, his presence is important. However, we can see him well on the ground, he is a hunter. For example, we had designated a couple of White-fronted Redstarts in the first arrondissement of Lyon and they were killed by cats…”.

Behind his endearing look, even well fed, he is indeed a real predator as soon as he leaves his home. ” Cat…

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