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.