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Dealing with over-populated feral cats

Lelia Vosburgh, from Clear Lake, said her town is lucky.

Posted: Apr 16, 2018 7:31 AM
Updated: Apr 16, 2018 1:50 PM

KIMT News 3 - Lelia Vosburgh from Clear Lake says her town is lucky.
“We have cats out in the country and wander but I don't think we have a feral cat problem,” Vosburgh said.
From what she notices, there’s no issue with feral cats in town. In towns like Mason City, if a feral cat is caught by animal control they'll head over to the stray animal shelter where after seven days if no one claims the cat and the cat doesn't seem adoptable they'll euthanize it. It’s Jefferson Iowa that’s getting lots of attention due to seeing large cat colonies popping up and are wanting to take care of the issue.
“I'm not really adverse to shooting cats especially if you think they're rabid but there's a lot that can go wrong with that,” Vosburgh said.
Residents in Jefferson are just finding out police were able to shoot a cat they consider unadoptable, their ordinance stating if the animal is feral it shall be humanely destroyed. That policy is now changing, police will no longer be shooting them.
“They could live trap them take them to a shelter and humanely euthanize them, spare and neuter then realize them. They are good for keeping rodents and stuff at bay, the cats do have a use,” Vosburgh said.
Cities like Albert Lea and Rochester do “ear tipping.” A practice of clipping the left ear of a feral cat and then releasing it back into the wild.

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