Sunday, April 19, 2009

Feral Cats on Quantico

This Marine Base has a realistic outlook on Feral cats!

The Quantico Marine Corps Base Provost Marshal’s Office estimates that there could be up to 180 feral cats on the Marine installation.
And that has officials there stressing that it is not okay to provide the cats with food and water.
“Base personnel are not permitted to feed feral cats,” said Quantico spokesman 1st Lt. Patrick Boyce. “They are encouraged to not keep trash or pet food outside that could attract animals. It is advisable to spay or neuter base pets.”
Boyce said that the installation’s policy concerning feral cats is not unique to Marine Corps Base Quantico and is the same as most civilian towns and municipalities.
“It is presumed that the feral cats aboard base are, or are the offspring of, privately-owned pets that have been released or abandoned by either base personnel or originate from either Quantico Town or the surrounding communities,” he said.
Free roaming feral cats can also have an adverse impact on the natural ecosystems on base, Boyce said.
“Their predation on small mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds is particularly degrading to the overall environmental health of the base,” he noted. “Furthermore, unvaccinated stray cats may pose a health hazard to base personnel and pets.”

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