Skip to comments.Wisconsin hunter wants open season on free-roaming domestic cats
Posted on 03/06/2005 8:32:04 PM PST by esryle
MADISON, Wis. Hunter Mark Smith welcomes wild birds onto his property, but if he sees a cat, he thinks the "invasive" animal should be considered fair game.
The 48-year-old firefighter from La Crosse has proposed that hunters in Wisconsin make free-roaming domestic cats an "unprotected species" that could be shot at will by anyone with a small-game license.
Hunters will vote on the proposal on April 11th during hearings for the Wisconsin Conservation Congress across the state.
Smith's proposal has horrified cat lovers, but some see it as a way of stopping cats from killing wild birds.
Department of Natural Resources attorney Tim Andryk says the vote would simply be an advisory recommendation to state lawmakers.
He says that to have open season on roaming cats, laws that relate to abuse of domestic animals may have to be amended.
...cats as sporting clays.
I'm not a cat lover, but history has taught us that removing a predator, like a wild cat, to save a prey animal, in this case birds, usually results in an uncontrolled abundance of prey animals.
By naturally controlling the population of birds the cats are making sure the birds don't over populate the area and become pests.
I oppose cutting off fingers at the knuckles, and not just for cats.
Hey! Maybe we would have a whole
series of NEW books about
101 uses for a dead cat!
"Think I'll be placing a call
to the Viking Kitties about now."
Killing someones pet is not funny.
Posting clever means to kill someones pet is not the purpose of this web site. Go away.
"Some cat lovers think because they love their animal, that everybody in their neighborhood should put up with their animals which will kill anything they can catch for fun."
I love my cat but I had him fixed and I don't let him roam. Our neighbor's cat used to jump on my screens and rip them up but something happened to him last year and he hasn't been seen since. We've got a lot of Coyotes and Foxs roaming around here that like a tasty cat-burger. Feral cats are very bad for wildlife and should be shot on sight.
ARRRRGGGHHHHH, common sense, MY EYES, MY EYES!!!
You let your declawed cats outside and then have the audacity to blame others when they get injured?
My stepmother got "SoftPaws" for our cat, and they're great. Little plastic balls that are glued on to the end of trimmed claws. You know it's time to trim to claws and apply a new set when it sounds like the cat is tap dancing across a linolium floor! lol
LOL! I was shocked to find my 78 year old Mom doing that with squirrels and chipmunks.</p>
Bumper sticker on a car in my home town:
I LIKE CATS... DEAD CATS!
Presumptive aren't we. have you ever heard of them getting out by accident. Audacity??
Cats and Muslims. It brings out FR's finest minds.
If you tag one, how do you skin it?
Boss hawg. I never said anything about declawing.
Why would anyone let an ignorant animal like a dog or a cat out in front of a 3000 lb car at 40mph? When I see a flat cat on a road that was some child's pet, I think about the careless bastard parent that let it happen.
Claws or not.
I guess times have changed. I grew up in Wisconsin many years ago. Conservation authorities then realized that ferral cats were one of the most destructive wildlife entities that existed. PC runs everything these days.
No need to kill 'em. The mother of a coworker humanely traps the cats and turns them over to the humane society. Costs the owners big bucks to retrieve their pets.
I am a very sincere dog lover, but a roming pack of feral dogs is as dangerous as a pack of wolves.
When they are hungry they will attack anything.
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