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Feral Cat Problem

My dad's warehouse and yard have a serious feral cat problem. Has anyone had to deal with a problem such as this? If so, how did you go about fixing it. Me and my brother offered to use our bows but we are still in the process of finding out if it is legal or not. Has anyone tried trapping them?

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be careful

Be careful what you do to control the problem.  Especially in an urban type environment.  Colorado isn't the same state it was 30 years ago.  So much as looking at a ferral cat the wrong way can get you death threats from animal lovers who observe you.  The law cares more about the rights of bad cat owners and the rights of discarded and abandoned cats than it does about you or your private property.  Eyes and cameras are everywhere these days and so are diehard animal lovers, especially in those collage towns.  You can't even take a dump in a public restroom anymore without being video'd, but that's besides the point. Just be careful whatever you do or however you decide to handle it.

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Get with the local animal

Get with the local animal control people and they will tell you what you can do.  They may even have live traps that they will lend you to trap the cats to get rid of them.  Who knows you may even learn how to release a skunk with out getting sprayed. 

 

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careful - might be a crime

I know it is stupid, but here in NY shooting a feral cat is a crime. It's a serious crime too. 

You can not legally put down your own dog here.  You are supposed to take it to the vet and pay them to do it.  There is a distinct lack of being in touch with common sense in Albany.  But I digress.

Bottom line, be very very careful about any potential "animal creulty" crime involved in dispatching teh feral critters.

My best recommendation is to call your local animal control officer and let them handle it.

That's what they get paid for after all and best of iall, it should keep you out of trouble!

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Feral Cat Problem

Just another example of the loony left.  Mouse traps are OK.  Rat traps are OK.  You can even poison rodents and kill them in a slow, agonizing manner from internal bleeding, or put out glue paper that will immobilize them until they die of dehydration.  But shoot a feral cat?  Oh, no...that's just cruel.

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One of the problems with cats

One of the problems with cats is that you don't know if they are a feral cat or a families pet just wandering around.  Now if you live in the country without any other houses in the area they you may know that they are feral. 

It is like in my neighborhood.  I quite possibly have more cats wandering around my house than there are neighbors.  But all the cats belong to somebody and in this situation I wouldn't feel very good by going out and shooting them.  Now where I lived 30 years ago they would be fair game but I wouldn't use a bow but a .22lr to take care of them. 

A few years ago there was a shelter in my area that was taking all the cats that were not adopted and fixing them and then letting farmers pick them up for free to roam the fields around their barns and out buildings as long as they lived.  The cats took care of the mice and other rodents and didn't cause more problems. 

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cats..

catch 'em...I hear tell they make good coyote bait....Whistling

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If I had to do it over again

 

Well... right now I'm on antibiotics from a feral cat bite. I tried to do the right thing by live trapping the cat, thinking it was a "drop off" (we live way out in the country). After 3 days locked in my shop with food and water, it never came around to being social, so it was feral. Wearing welding gloves I tried to get it into an animal carrier to take to animal control. It went freaking wild and bite through the glove and into me. At this point I could not let it go, because of possible rabies infection. So I shot it. Unfortunately I hit it in the head, not realizing that the health department would need an intact brain to check for rabies. Besides possible rabies the cats carry a host of really nasty bugs. Within 18 hours of the bite, my finger was infected and twice it's size. Went to the doctor and am now on two types of antibiotics, and will be for a week. I will be sweating the rabies thing for the next few months. In talking with the public health official and the animal control officer, there has not been a case of a cat having rabies in my state for the last 11 years. Because the cat attacked me when I tried to get it into the carrier, it is considered a proved-attack. The cat was not behaving oddly during the time I had it, so they think, with all things considered, it was not rabid. I could go in for all the shots for rabies, but that's lots of $$ and the pain of the shots. SO... taking into account the opinion's of the public health, and animal control, I'll have to wait it out. NOT A GOOD FEELING !!

Now if I had to do it all over... darn, I'd shoot the cat to begin with.

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Try to do

Wow, what a shame, when someone tries to do the correct thing they end up getting zapped. I'm sorry to hear about your misfortune and it continues to be a shame that those who want to prevent the shooting of a feral animal are, more than likely, also those who have never even seen one. I am keeping my fingers crossed for your speedy and healthy recovery. Thumbs up  

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Save a feral cat & sacrifice

Save a feral cat & sacrifice who knows how many song birds & quail.  God, sometimes people can be such idiots!  Gotta respect the neighbors prying eyes & speed dials for their favorite ambulance chaser so stick with animal control for the outdoor cats.  For the pests (cat, pidgeon, wood rat, whatever) inside the warehouse, I'm thinking a .177 pellet at about 1000fps behind the ear should do the trick.

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I was watching a show on

I was watching a show on NatGeo about animal/pest infestation.  Let me just say that I never want to live in a place where racoons have taken over above me.  One thing that some idiot animal biologist states on the show was that he wanted to make it clear that the racoons didn't encroach, they were always here, we enroach on their habitat.  I say BS to this stuff.  What are people today really thinking, or are they???  How can a supposedly well educated person be so ignorant to make such an erroneous claim on national tv???  Any clear thinking individual can clearly see that the Earth and it's land is just as much our living space as it is the animals, the difference is that we are the superior being.  We have a right and need places to live too.  When we build a home on a plot of land where no animals live and those animals suddenly infest our living space, it doesn't take a geneous to figure out which ones are encroaching. 

Why are people today all too eager to place animals on a level above humans to the point that people now accept and believe totally wrong things.  I thought Americans were smarter than that.  Not only are there people out there who are aiming to make us feel bad and apologetic for being American, but there is also another group of people out there spawning a philosophy aimed at making us feel bad for simply being humans.  This wrong philosophy needs to stamped out and erradicated.  It's simply wrong. I for one advocate against it.  We live in a time when more people have advanced educations and hold higher degrees than in any other time in our history.  We have more information readily and easily available to us much more than in any other time in history, and instantly.  How can educated people today be so gullable, influenced, and easily brainwashed by bad philosophies???

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