Town seeks feral feline fix

She also said that when a female cat is spayed, in which the operation is done abdominally; the cat is released the next day back into the TNR colony where there is the possibility of her stitches reopening, which could result in her dragging her intestines before dying.

Endangered wildlife are also put at risk with feral cats on the loose, she said, with studies showing that even well-fed cats "practice predation extensively."

"Of all small wild animals that get brought in to us, three-fourths of them come in from cat predation," she said, "Releasing feral cats decimates populations of songbirds, small mammals and small reptiles."

The best solution, in her opinion, would be a combination of euthanizing a select number of cats, minimal TNR and setting up a shelter for some of the cats.

"The bottom line is, there is no good solution," she said. "TNR is not a panacea; it is a tiny solution to a tiny percentage of a huge problem."

While the suggestion for licensing cats was put on the table, Magguilli said licensing does not support the actual cost for the program, essentially making it another town expense.

"There isn't going to be any sort of licensing," he said. "It just doesn't work."


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