Fostering feral cats causing trouble in Salina
Tue, 23 Mar 2010 02:43:43 GMT —
Linda Young is known as an advocate for cats. She is fostering more than twenty inside her Liverpool home. She cares for them until the right owner comes along. But young has a new feline friend to help: Undomesticated cats.
Young is part of a group that traps feral cats using cages. Once they catch them, they spay and neuter them and release them back into the wild. The goal they say is to try and reduce the population without killing any off. It's known as trap and release, or "TNR" for short. But it causes problems. The cats come back, and can cause damage to neighbor's yards.
But Young says its something neighbors must live with, like any other wild animal. She and a dozen of cat advocates like her are making a plea to the Salina Town Board, ease the law that fines feral cat catchers. Town of Salina's supervisor, Mark Nicotra says, "There has been certainly this year and other years, owners suffered a lot of property damage from cats, they want it to stop." But Young says, "You can't control where a wild animal goes to the bathroom. You've already controlled the spraying, you've already controlled the fighting and screaming because you've already neutered them."
Nictora says Young was part of the group that helped pass the current law, and while he's willing to listen, there's no promise it will change. Young says, "They may have to pay fines over and over again. The law doesn't put a limit on that. So it goes after the wrong people."
Experts say if you do have a feral cat problem, there are ways to keep them off your yard, like chemical sprays and motion activated sensors.