Trapping Doesn’t Work to Control House Cats?
In an article entitled, “A Soft, Furry, Stone-cold Killer Researchers say domestic, feral cats kill as many as 1 billion birds a year” published in the Columbus Dispatch, June 12, 2011 03:13 AM By Spencer Hunt (Columbus, OH) http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/science/stories/2011/06/12/a-soft-furry-stone-cold-killer.html?sid=101, a person was cited as saying that trapping doesn’t work to control cats because it is too hard to catch all of them.
An Evaluation of the Claim that Trapping Cats Doesn’t Work
A friend of mine asked a rather interesting question. If trapping should be dismissed as a control method for free-ranging house cats, then how can Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR) Advocates claim that TNR works when you have to catch the cats first? If you can’t catch all the cats to remove them how can you catch all the cats to neuter them?
Could this interesting admission by a possible advocate of the TNR so-called solution to the feral cat problem be the reason why TNR doesn’t work to control free-ranging cat colonies?
Trapping Cats Does Work
The fact is trapping cats does work and it is far less expensive than TNR in both environmental devastation and actual cost. If you doubt this, just ask yourself, how can it be more expensive to trap a cat and then neuter it than to trap it and euthanize it? In addition, euthanized cats don’t spread diseases and don’t ravage native wildlife. If the Humane Society of the United States or any other group that opposes trapping on the basis that “it doesn’t work”, have them contact me. I can put them in touch with some trappers who are very effective at catching all kinds of animals. And I think if you ask them nice they might even be willing to share their tips to those lesser trappers.
Stephen M. Vantassel is a Certified Wildlife Control Professional and a dedicated naturalist who is saddened that so many people think that the environmental devastation wreaked by free-ranging cats should be tolerated.