Can an owner get in trouble if their cat eats an endangered species?



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    Yes. Because a pet cat is the property of the owner, the owner can be held responsible if the cat breaks a law.

    According to this article from, “[w]ildlife biologists and law-enforcement officials contend that in most situations feeding feral cats violates federal law because it facilitates ‘take’ of species protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and/or the Endangered Species Act.”

    If people can get in trouble for feeding feral cats that could potentially harm endangered species, the owner of a housecat that kills an endangered animal could almost certainly be held accountable.

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