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Should Feral Cat Hunting Be Allowed?

A new Wisconsin plan would declare free-roaming wild cats an unprotected species, just like skunks or gophers. Anyone with a small-game license could shoot the cats at will, legally.

Wild cats are seen as a pest in some areas because they hunt rodents and songbirds.

Feral cats arent currently listed as protected or unprotected, said Conservation Congress Delegate Wally Seibel. All were trying to do tonight is to give people a chance to voice their opinion on the issue, this isnt about a cat hunting season.

Free-roaming feral cats are described as any domestic type cat which is not under the owners direct control, or whose owner has not placed a collar on such a cat showing it to be their property.

At least two other upper Midwestern states, South Dakota and Minnesota, allow wild cats to be shot - and have for decades. Minnesota defines a wild, or feral, cat as one with no collar that does not show friendly behavior, said Kevin Kyle with that state's Department of Natural Resources.

For many in the audience, listing all cats that meet this description as unprotected seemed extreme and impractical.

People everywhere love cats, said Jon Tracy of Fond du Lac. If we make then unprotected and allow them to be hunted, Im afraid something really tragic could happen.

Others in attendance at the meeting were in disagreement and felt that an unprotected listing would better serve local communities and other species of animals.

One speaker pointed out that many farmers rely on outdoor cats to rid the area of problem-causing rodents. Another was worried about the future of her pet cat if it ever escaped her home.

Some supporters of the question said that while cats can make good companions, they need to be kept in the proper environment.

Some believed that the feral feline issue didn?t belong at the meeting at all, and that the issue should be discussed in a more wide-reaching manner, rather than by hunters and conservationists.

Cats are not a game species and this is exactly what the anti-hunting community would want us to do to them,?said Paul Diederichs. If we go through with this, the hunting public is going to be left with a huge black eye the first time a 6-year-old girl's kitty gets shot by mistake.

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Location: Alabama
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Should Feral Cat Hunting Be Allowed?

I think it's a great idea but like the last statement said it could cause trouble. Maybe they could limit hunting the cats to outside certain distances from populated areas.

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People everywhere love cats, said Jon Tracy of Fond du Lac. If we make then unprotected and allow them to be hunted, Im afraid something really tragic could happen.

What we might get rid of some of the problem kitties eye roll ?
Oh also there are people everywhere that hate cats!

I don't hate 'em just don't like them killing all the young game(rabbits,squirrels,turkeys, etc.) around our property.

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Location: Colorado
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Should Feral Cat Hunting Be Allowed?

I think it's a WONDERFUL idea! Too many cat owners don't control their animals. They think that cats, unlike any other kind of pet, should be allowed to roam free whenever and wherever they want. That's what has them upset. With a law like this in place they would actually have to maintain control over their animals, or risk having them shot.

WELL GOOD! I can't just turn my dog out at night to roam the neighborhood and crap in everyone's yard. If I did the neighbors would scream bloody murder. But most cat owners seem to think its okay for them to do this. About darned time that cat owners were held to the same standards as every other pet owner!

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ha, most of the cats around our farm generally ended up testing tread depth anyway. we would get and occasional cat that was a real problem and it would be shot. the rest kept the mice and rats and coons out of the feed, and were great for teaching a dog to tree.

i do think that the "hunting" should be limited to rural areas.

another great idea would be fining the heck out of morons who take pets to the country and dump them, thinking some farmer will take care of it-even if it would be next to impossible to do that.

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I had about 8-10 cats roaming my land last year 8)

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Location: Montana
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If you have game birds around you had better shoot em,they are hell on the newborn chicks,nice to have a few around a ranch to keep the mice down but Only in areas where there are no game birds.

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Location: Pennsylvania
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I said we had cats. No game at all! The cats are gone and do you know what I saw a week ago? Rabbits. Only 2 but first time for us to see rabbits there.

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we have cats in our back yard all the time wish i could shoot them. My kids have a sand box that the neghibors cat is trying to claim.

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Should Feral Cat Hunting Be Allowed?

Hell yes CATS SHOOT TO KILL!!!!! I shoot our feral barn cats all the time. I HATE cats.they eat songbirds,rabbits and pur baby chickens. I refer to them as Targets. I have shot them with every thing from a .22 LR to my trusty .270 Win. I even plastered one with the 12 gauge using 00 Buck.

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