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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Re: Local Government strategies on handling feral cat
When I was still in HS (over 50 years ago), my grandma had a stray cat take up residence under her front porch in Penbrook. It soon popped a litter of kittens, so she had an uncle crawl under there and gather the kittens.
When she called the local Humane Society about the kittens, she was informed it would cost her money for them to take the kittens "off her hands".
So, nothing much has changed in that regard, these days.
TNR is a joke and it only makes those who fret over feral cats, feel all warm and fuzzy that they are "doing something".
I still recall the time dozens of them (TNR cat ladies) showed up at a PGC/BOC meeting to rant about a proposed PGC crackdown on feral cats. Those I spoke with, struck me as space cadets, with little grasp of the reality of the damage feral cats can wreak.
Only way to effectively control feral cat populations, is to trap and euthanize them right then and there. Fine and dandy to vaccinate, neuter and release them - at least they won't transmit rabies or continue to breed - BUT they're still roaming free.
Unwanted cats roaming free, are a plague for wildlife and humans that have to deal with them. Especially when some dingbat feeds them, leading to large concentrations of ferals in a small area.
People (and local LE) won't put up with packs of feral dogs infesting a neighborhood, but when it comes to cats, suddenly there "is nothing that can be done".
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B