Toxoplasmosis is a parasite-borne infection that can wreak havoc on wildlife, humans with compromised immune systems, and pregnant women. The parasite that causes toxoplasmosis comes from cats, specifically their faces. It has been blamed for the death of at least eight Hawaiian monk seals, the endemic Hawaiian crow, and several other vulnerable bird species. However, there is little agreement over a solution to the problem. The debate largely boils down to one question: should feral cats be eradicated?
Earlier today, The Conversation hosted an expert panel to answer caller questions and provide insight on the issues behind toxoplasmosis. Panelists include:
- Bruce Anderson, Administrator of the DLNR's Division of Aquatic Resources.
- Jessica Halverson, cat advocate.
- Thierry Work, Wildlife Disease Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey.