Letter: Protect the birds, bees; control your cats

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Thank you for good coverage of social and environmental issues. Let me bring up a new one. Many of us are not aware of problems caused by pet cats roaming freely. Dogs, at least in Bath, are not allowed to do that. But dogs do not prey on wild birds, which are already in trouble. Birds eat harmful insects that are growing in numbers, thanks to our environmental intrusions. Honey bees suffer, too.

In spring and summer, fledgling birds will be especially at risk from pet cats. We have a fence around our yard. Cats get in, anyway. We grow plants that birds like. Birds are important to us all.

In our world’s many problems, this one may seem tiny. But tiny has a way of getting big.

Maria Holt