Huron-Kinloss council votes against trap, neuter and release cat program

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HURON-KINLOSS – Council does not support a trap-neuter-return cat program.

Staff recommended against supporting the program in the wake of controversy over feeding of feral and stray cats in the Point Clark area.

In August, council passed a bylaw prohibiting people from feeding wildlife and feral cats.

Council does not support a suggested alternative, to catch, vaccinate, neuter and release feral cats, because of the expense.

Coun. Ed McGugan said, “We don’t need to be spending money on cats.”

He’s more inclined to support Australia’s method for dealing with feral cats.

“They treat them as an invasive species and put a bounty on them,” he added.

McGugan said the problem is people leaving food out for them. And with a recent bear sighting in the area, he said people who put food out for stray cats “may get a big surprise.”

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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