LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Larry the cat enters 10, Downing Street on June 24, 2022 in London, England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was dealt a blow last night after Liberal Democrats and Labour won two by-elections that were triggered following the resignations of the incumbent Conservative MPs. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

One of the biggest questions we have as humans is whether are we alone in the universe well now, well a Polish scientific Institute has placed cats as an invasive alien species though instead of wanting to be taken to your leader, they want to be taken to your food bowl. 

All jokes aside while the study coming from a Polish scientific institute didn’t claim that cats are from another world, it did place them as an alien invasive species alongside 1786 other groups of species and cat lovers are not happy about the decision, however, Wojciech Solarz, a biologist at the state-run Polish Academy of Sciences put some clarification about the decision to put one of Poland’s most honored and beloved creatures on the list. 

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Cornell being invasive to the workspace.

The reason is that the Felis Catus, the scientific name for your common house cat has a harmful effect on biodiversity because of the number of birds and other mammals they tend to hunt. As for the alien part, Solarz mentions that it is just because cats are not native to Europe with some of the earliest descendants of cats being domesticated in the Middle East. Which is a good point to make, however that didn’t stop some like author of the book “The Happy Cat” Dorota Suminska, from calling out some other reasons for shrinking biodiversity one big one being mankind, to which she asked if humans were on the list of non-invasive alien species. 

The point of this study as claimed by the institute was not to incite any harm or violence to cats as they claim several reports have stated the opposite, however, they did recommend that pet owners limit the time cats spend outside during key breeding seasons for birds. So, what do you think about your cats being on the list? They may not have a spaceship or come from another world, but they do have a special place in our hearts and homes. Keep up with the most recent pet news and how to make your feline companion feel like a part of the family with us at Magic 98.3. 

10 Places In New Jersey You'll Want To Snag a Picture In

With the cost of travel being so high you want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck and we’re right there with you, that’s why we’ve put together this list of our top ten spots in New Jersey that you can use for your next photo shoot, from parks to piers all ready for you to explore.

  • 1. Stairway to Heaven Appalachian Trail – Vernon Township NJ

    This trail is well known for being a tough climb with the average person taking nearly two hours to walk the whole trail, but it’s also a well know spot for beautiful Instagram posts. With bridges to pass you can fully take in nature as well as the sunset looking over the forest. You may also be able to see our New York neighbors as the line isn’t that far away. So, if you want to take a selfie and feel like you’re the king of the world, Vernon Township might be the place for you.

  • 2. Pier 13 & Hoboken Waterfront – Hoboken NJ

    Over the valley and through the woods to NYC we go. As we move from nature to where all the action happens at Pier 13 in Hoboken plenty of shops and people chose this spot as their last stop before entering the city, so you’ll be able to snag a ton of photos of you showing off your best. Though of course you’ll be close to New York so it may be crowded by the time you get there.  

  • 3. Grounds for Sculpture – Hamilton NJ

    One of our semifinalists for New Jersey’s Tankful Trips this park shakes it up with beautiful sculptures and ponds that are just waiting for you to take a picture of, however the fun doesn’t end there are you have two onsite cafés to choose from where if showing off your meals is your thing then snap, eat and enjoy. 

  • 4. Sandbox at Seastreak – Highlands NJ

    This beautiful beachside has everything to offer from food and drinks to live and local entertainment with plenty of photo opportunities either on the beach or at one of the special events like whale watching. Nothing can go wrong with a little fun in the sun at this location. 

  • 5. Delaware Water Gap (Mt. Tammany) - Knowlton Township NJ

    Back in nature we get to visit our friends from Delaware this time as you take pictures alongside the mountainous water gap, while your best shot of the water comes from Mt. Tammany, this is also considered one of the best hiking trails in the Garden State so if you do choose this spot for your next photo shoot be prepared to run into some people along your path. 

  • 6. Downtown Montclair – Montclair NJ

    If you’re in love with the urban city live then you’ll want to check out Montclair’s downtown scene as it is overflowing to amazing photo spots on top of all the fun entertainment and local shops you can stop and relax in after filling up your phone’s storage.  

  • 7. Asbury Park Beach – Asbury NJ

    Speaking of city life, if you love old style buildings with a modern glow you have to check out this location right on the Jersey shore. With plenty of places that will make you feel like a photographer this spot is a must see for yourself from beach to boardwalk. 

  • 8. 10 Lil' Acre Rescued Animal Farm – Old Bridge NJ

    As the winner of our New Jersey Tankful Trips Bracket we just had to include this amazing and local shelter for animals, so if you love getting great opportunities for photos and sharing the spotlight with a furry friend then hit the farm and enjoy the day as you can bring the whole family for a fun outing. 

  • 9. Ross Dock Park/Picnic Area – Fort Lee NJ

    Now this is a sight to behold as you can pose with the George Washington Bridge in the background, but why stop at just taking photos because this location offers grills, playgrounds, even boat ramp access. So, if you want a fun day with everyone you know this might be the spot for you. 

  • 10. Branch Brook Park – Newark NJ

    Last, but certainly not least, on our list is Branch Brook Park in Newark, this beautiful park is renowned for its amazing cherry blossom trees as well as for being a top spot for anyone looking to get that perfect shot. Though you’ll want to head here in the spring time if you want to catch the cherry trees in full bloom.