German cat owners have been ordered to keep their cats indoors for months to protect a rare bird during the breeding season.

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  • Cat owners in Walldorf, Germany have been asked to keep their cats indoors until the end of August.
  • Authorities are trying to protect the endangered crested lark, which nests on the ground.
  • The measure will reportedly be repeated over the next three years, keeping cats indoors from April to August.

Pet owners in the German town of Walldorf have been ordered to keep their cats indoors to protect a rare bird.

Walldorf cat owners have been asked to keep their cats indoors until the end of August to protect the ground-nesting crested lark throughout the breeding season. According to The magazine, the lark’s population has declined sharply in recent years. Associated press.

Walldorf officials said “the survival of the species depends on each chick,” according to the AP.

The precaution will be repeated over the next three years, keeping the cats indoors from April to August. Area reported. If a cat runs away from home, pet owners are urged to try to get it back in and call the authorities if necessary.

Those who ignore the rule can be fined €500, and the penalty can go up to €50,000 if a cat kills a crested lark.

Some described the demand as overkill. A leader from the local animal welfare association plans to challenge the measure.

“Please stay calm,” he said, according to the AP. “You can be assured that we will do our best to stop this disproportionate measure.”