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.
My response - if this passes, let's just ban all hunting. One extreme measure merits an equally extreme response.
My dilemma this week was that I caught a young feral kitty in my raccoon trap. I know what damage it is going to wreck on birds and nests and others this spring but didn't have the heart to "off" it
Ok. Let's don't do it this way. Why don't cat owners simply control their domesticated pets like every other one? Why must they roam uncontrolled in cities unlike dogs or snakes or any other pet with natural predatory instincts?
- Bumper sticker seen at Camp Perry
After a cat was caught, he'd come out and pick up the heavy, steel trap and drop it into a large garbage can filled with water. 20 minutes later or so he'd retrieve the drowned animal, drop it into a trash bag and toss it into the dumpster.
Very few cats roaming around that neighborhood.
As long as we add free roaming DOGS to the list of varmits, I'd vote for it!!!
From the People's Republic of Madistan, I don't doubt it for an instant. The people of Madison are an entirely different breed. Sick people. I'm embarassed that I live in the same state.
That's what CCI makes the CB for. Subsonic-velocity, low-report .22 Short ammo.
CB = "Cat Blaster"
Boy, he's going to get a lot of single women after him, with claws out, teeth bare, and hissing!
Well I think Hunter Mark Smith should be free game!
Many Kitty lovers on FR this guy should take his flipped out opinions and go straight to where the sun no longer shines!
Feral Cats are another matter and I understand your dilemma.
I guess that made him feel like a big man. Sadist is what he was.
Why exactly did you feel the need to start this thread?
These threads are just jerk magnets.
Does Free Republic really need 5 pages of "jokes" about killing peoples pets.
If you enjoy lifting up rocks and seeing what kind of disgusting things crawl out; post something about
Muslims or cats; then, just sit back and watch the halfwits crawl out from under their rocks, with their slimy little cheap shots.
Dogs generally are able to kill people. Most cats are not, though there are exceptions. And there is case law allowing cats to roam, so there is legal precedent going back a few hundred years.
That said, to respond to an earlier post, how would you like to have your fingers cut off at the first joint? That's what it's like for a cat to lose their claws. There are things like SoftPaws that one can install on cats that will let them maintain their claws while rendering them less useful as weapons. Do you also think that all dogs should have their big canine teeth removed, have permanent muzzles installed, and all their claws removed? It's the same thing.
Yeah, it was pretty cruel. Guess that's why I've never forgotten about it.
...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.
Then we will all be outlaws just like Robin Hood, killing and eating the kings deer.
There is more than one way, my friend.
I don't see dogs roaming my neighborhood. I see cats all over the place. I have Purple Martins that nest in my houses by the dozens. I'll choose them over a cat any day.
My cat came with them installed when I got him, and I've kept them on him ever since. He doesn't mind them at all - the ones I use are the full-claw-cover kind. They work really well.
It should be noted that if one has a feral cat problem in the area, it is because there is an abundance of food in the area - usually rats, mice, or other such vermin. Cats won't stay where there is no food - this is something that the idiots in Europe's Middle Ages didn't figure out. When they decided to start running around killing off "random" cats, the mice and other vermin multiplied out of control, thus spreading the Black Plague. Millions of people died. It took Europe hundreds of years to return to the population and civilization levels that existed prior to the cat exterminations and the resulting plague. Don't think it can happen again? Two people in NYC were diagnosed with the Black Plague in 2002.
Moral Of The Story: Don't kill cats. You might just be killing yourself.
Spackler, we're on the wrong thread....oops. Some people think that it takes a village to raise a cat. Apparently, they're doing their cat a favor by letting it get run over on the street or killed by another roaming cat.
I guess its a bit like gun control. I wouldn't disarm my cat, because you know there are strays out there that haven't been declawed, and you want him to be in a fair fight if it comes to that.
(For the record my cat Neelix is the neighborhood stud. He's been fixed, but he still beats the cr*p out of every newcomer cat that dares to tread into our cul-de-sac)
Watch a cat with his claws intact pick something up or try to manipulate something. Then watch a cat with no claws try to do the same thing. The difference is obvious and saddening.
Yikes. Put some ice on that!