The Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Key Largo, Florida is home to two endangered rodents: the Key Largo cotton mouse and the Key Largo woodrat. The refuge staff believes there are only 1,000 cotton mice and less than 100 woodrats remaining, which means protecting them from all types of dangers including stray cats.

“The first time we capture a cat, we’ll give the owner the benefit of the doubt with a warning,” Jeremy Dixon, refuge manager, toldĀ “The second time could mean a fine of $175, and could include a mandatory appearance in federal court.”

With so many stray cats wandering into the refuge and hunting down endangered mice and rats, the refuge urges people to keep their cats indoors and away from the endangered animals.

To read more about how cats are threatening endangered animals, click here.

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