Skip to comments.Feral Cat Hunt Debate Continues
Posted on 04/12/2005 7:52:16 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
Feral Cat Hunt Debate Continues - If Conservation Congress Passes Resolution, Process To Become Law To Begin
MADISON, Wis. -- The controversial issue of hunters shooting feral cats went to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress Monday.
Representatives from 72 Wisconsin counties listened to residents concerning the proposal that would make feral cats an unprotected species, meaning the cats could be hunted and killed.
The proposal is fueled by a University of Wisconsin study that found non-native feral cats were a threat to native animals like lovebirds. (Lovebirds? I think they mean 'song birds.' Sloppy editing!)
If most of the counties pass the proposal, it will begin the process to become law.
"The Congress then takes this advisory question and brings it forward to the Natural Resources Board, to say, 'The people of Wisconsin think this is an issue, and we want to continue work to try to make this law,'" said Jim Shurts of the Conservation Congress.
The proposal may still be changed if it passes. Changes could include narrowing the definition of feral cat. Wildlife officials estimate more than 76 million pet cats in the United States.
The issue of hunting feral cats came up during last spring's Conservation Congress hearing in La Crosse county. A resident introduced a resolution and it passed 53 - 1.
The Conservation Congress Web site says, "According to R.E. Adamec, author of Behavioral Biology, even well-fed cats eradicate birds and other wildlife because the hunting instinct is independent of the urge to eat. In one study, six cats were presented with a live small rat while eating their preferred food. All six cats stopped eating the food, ate the rat, and then resumed eating the food. Concern today is with feral cat predation of songbirds and small mammals."
Cats eradicate song birds like the robin, cardinal and blue jay, and feral cats also endanger domesticated animals with disease, according to the Conservation Congress Web Site.
"Cats released into the outdoors by humans are exposed to feline leukemia virus, feline panleukopenai virus, feline infectious peritonitis, feline immunodeficiency virus and upper respiratory infections," the Web site reads. "Unvaccinated cats can transmit these diseases to other native wildlife, including mountain lions, bobcats and the Florida panther. In addition, there is a potential public health concern that feral cats could potentially transmit diseases such as rabies, cat-scratch disease, toxoplasmosis, roundworms and hookworms to people."
That's the cleanest, fluffiest "feral" cat I've ever seen!
Wisconsin Conservation Congress site, which is part of our DNR.
Agree 100+% on the proposed solution to the feral cat problem.
Okay, is this saying that it's currently ILLEGAL to kill feral cats out in the country? If that's so, that's crazy. They don't live in Wisconsin, but my folks have lots of barncats, and every once in a while, my father has to shoot a psycho tomcat to keep him from killing kittens and other cats.
Now, if this article is saying it's now okay to shoot cats in town, I might have a problem with that. I don't want some neighbor taking pot-shots at Fluffy the minute he sneaks out the door.
Once you've shot several of 'em, how do you prepare them for eatin'? I'd think a slow braising with red wine and mira pouix would take most of the gaminess out of it.
Maybe Cat Fancy has some recipes.
(If what I just wrote makes you sad or angry,
They could do the same with wild dogs here in SC. I live close to what is considered the poorer side of town. Some of these people evidently let their dogs go and forget about them. It is not uncommon to see a pack of 6 dogs roaming. I used to be someone who would try to save them but give me the gun and permit and I'll fix the probelm myself.
Strictly a curiosity question. How do feral cats in Wisconsin give Florida panthers disease?
Once you've shot several of 'em, how do you prepare them for eatin'?
I don't know about feral cat's but a friend made jerky out of a mountain lion. It was a little more tender than venision but had great taste.
I do live in rural WI. and our area gets overun with feral cats from time to time..
Barn cats have their litters after litters..and when the number of cats cant be supported (other cats run them off)
They gravitate towards humans...they love killing mice..which is good but they also hang around the bird feeders killing songbirds
I hate having to kill kitty kitties..they are a problem...
We also have too many city (Chicago) people moved here which is of course another problem..
Coyotes could get quite a few but then I'd also have a coyote problem..
Taking their numbers down is the only answer
Nice. Why not just require spay and neutering? Why not trap and fix, rather than trap and cruelly shoot puddy tats in traps?
Beautiful. Just blame the dogs for their owners' conduct. You have such a big heart, and total respect for God's creatures.
Ammunition is WAY cheaper than surgery. (sad cat lover)
$100 to spay/neuter. Ten cents for a .22 round.
Posters can see clearly that uncontrolled animal populations pose dangers...but can't see that it applies to humans as well (except for Joe Snuffy).
you are overpaying for your ammo;)
How exactly would you hunt feral cats? Call them in with a tape of an electric can opener? Bait them with catnip toys or rubber mice? I can only imagine the camo-clad outdoorsmen filling the Wisconsin woods with the cry of "Here, kitty kitty kitty!"
I listened to the professor running this study (or a similar one from UW) a couple years back on Minnesota's public radio (monitoring the enemy). He stated at that time that a huge portion of small mammal and avian mortality (if memory serves ~60%) was due to "domestic" felines - those with homes to go to for care and feeding. Of course, feral cats contributors, too, but the real heavy lifting of wildlife killing was done by dear little tabby. The cats don't kill to eat - only for the joy of killing.
The mostly liberal left callers to the program went apoplectic and did everything short of making death threats. Hate the hunter - love the killer. Seems that some folks just wanna let 'em out for little killing before going to bed.
Cats and dogs in packs are out for killing - period. I endorse the move to erradicate them on sight as vermin. If people really cared about their animals, they would control them. BTW, I have one of both species (the cat looks just like the tabby above) and if they were freely roaming, then I'd accept the consequences.
I have a cat and I love her dearly, but I'm not going to object to this feral cat hunt. Actually, it might be the best solution to a really serious problem. We have that problem in my neck of the woods too. It's largely due to pet owner irresponsibility. Some people refuse to get their pets fixed, or make them stay indoors, so the animals wander around mating with others and producing more and more offspring. There just aren't enough homes for all of these animals, and where I live, the shelters are overcrowded. And these feral animals create a mess -- leaving "deposits" everywhere, digging around in gardens, spreading disease, etc. etc.
People can't expect to cause or contribute to a problem and then complain about the solution.
I can picture kitty cats mounted next to the antlers over the fireplace...
Warning! Not for the squeamish or cat lovers amongst us.
Cats? Here's the Tabby-Tote!
"Uh...hey kitty...ever served time?"
....but they taste like chicken.
"We also have too many city (Chicago) people moved here which is of course another problem...Coyotes could get quite a few but then I'd also have a coyote problem."
Cool. I have neighbors from Chicago. So, how many 'Coyotes per Flatlander' are needed for eradication? LOL!
Well, the Feral Cat debate ends today. It was voted down, so they're not going to try to make it a law. Too much paperwork...though I was looking forward to buying a Feral Cat Stamp this season, along with my Duck & Trout Stamps. They're pretty and fun to collect. :)
So, I guess all of us Wisconsin hunters can just go back to our "shoot, shovel and shutdeh#llup" SOP. ;)
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