Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bibliography on cats and feral cats Felix catus

In recent years, largely volunteer groups have tried to control the problem by what they call TNR -- trap, neuter and release. Professional biologists say it hasn't worked.

And so does Dr. Christine Storts. She's the veterinarian who wrote a letter urging the wildlife commission to do its job and stop the cats' slaughter of the state's smaller creatures.

Living two blocks from the beach, Storts became curious when she noticed there were no beach mice. A little checking astounded her.

Brevard County's estimate of free-ranging cats had increased from 100,000 in 1999 to 200,000 in just four years.

She joined committees to deal with the problem by trapping the feral cats, neutering them and then releasing them. But she considered it hopeless.

"I do know that having TNR handle 5,000 cats over the past five years, when there's ten times that many still roaming around, means it isn't working," Storts said.
She wants the agency to control the predators and to stop the amateur trap-neuter and release programs. She would like the cats trapped and adopted, trapped and euthanized or trapped and kept in secure enclosures for the rest of their lives.

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