The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that the nation’s population of the “carnivorous marsupial” has dropped from more than 11 million in 1960 to about 6.4 million today.
Census Bureau says there are about 9 million of the animals left in the wild, and that the government expects to lose an additional 4.5 million animals within the next 10 years due to the disease.
The USDA, in a statement, said the decline in population is due to changes in diet, habitat, and other factors.
The number of “non-domestic” domestic animals, which includes the feral cats and dogs, is down more than 20% from its peak in 1960, the USDA said.
Domestic animals are a vital part of the ecosystem, the agency said.
“The decline in domestic animal populations is one of the major factors driving the overall decline of wildlife and plants across the U. S.,” the USDA statement said.
“The population of wild-caught cats, dogs, and feral cats continues to decline.
While cats are declining, the decline is much more rapid for dogs and other dogs than for cats.”
In addition to habitat destruction, climate change and other environmental issues have led to the decline of wild animals, the U,s.
It says the population of captive-bred dogs and cats is on the rise, and will continue to grow.
The U.s. is on track to lose its entire domestic dog population by 2030.
A major reason for the decline, according to the USDA, is the decline and disappearance of large numbers of small mammals in the region.
These include mammals such as bison, moose, elk, mooses, bighorn sheep, deer, elks, and moose.
The agency also said the population growth of feral cats is slowing.
Cats are no longer a major threat to native animals, and the U of S says it has taken steps to protect them, including removing cats from certain areas of the nation.
According to the U.,s Census Bureau, the population has dropped about 6% from 1960 to 2015.