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  •  I just did Christmas Count on Thursday; we used (9+ / 0-)

    to record feral cat feeding stations found in our territories.  My count area has several, as do most major parks in SF.  They finally had us stop counting a couple of years ago, presumably because the problem was not being dealt with.  It was frustrating to see places that should be good bird habitat turned into a danger zone.  I know the feeders mean well, but it just helps perpetuate the problem.  By providing supplemental food, they help feral colonies to grow.  If the cats had to hunt to survive, the populations would drop the carrying capacity of the territory.

    I don't blame the cats, and I feel sorry for them, but they are a big problem (not just killing birds and other wildlife, but also because of toxoplasmosis).  I have no idea what can be done, though.  Decades of urging people to spay/neuter their cats has done nothing to decrease the numbers.

    •  What can be done (7+ / 0-)

      In our county, we have a non-profit organization that has a program of Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR).  It has been running for 12 years and over 1900 feral cats have been spayed or neutered.  We are actually seeing the numbers of feral cats declining.  The feral cats usually can't be tamed and given a home, so they are released back into the wild again but they won't be breeding any longer.  

      Look for an organization in your area that sponsors TNR programs and take them out to the feeding stations you know about.  These programs usually depend on donations, so consider donating.

      I was appalled recently to go out to a "reservation for native birds" in an neighboring county and find people feeding colonies of feral cats there - in a bird sanctuary!

      Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

      by Milly Watt on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 06:27:26 PM PST

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    •  Well, said Lineatus (6+ / 0-)

      You are able to express your frustration with this issue in such a warm way.  As to me...I am much less patient with those that don't "get" the larger picture of their "kind" actions (want to wring necks).  

      Usually it's because they have no clue about birds or wildlife - or how things work. You bring me back to reality, and offer a way to say things that doesn't end up in an argument (which is totally ineffective).  Thanks.  

      Love this diary, and especially the dipped Dipper.

      "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." - Albert Schweitzer

      by Tyto Alba on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 06:49:26 PM PST

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