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Kauai mulls how to reduce feral cat population

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 07:00 a.m. HST, Jul 04, 2014


LIHUE >> Kauai is considering how to reduce feral cats blamed for killing threatened native seabirds.

Potential measures include prohibiting the feeding and sheltering of cats on county-owned or managed properties, The Garden Island newspaper reported. Other proposals would strengthen cat licensing laws and create a free, county-funded spay or neuter program.

An 11-member Feral Cat Task Force compiled the proposals. The group recommended that the island aim to have no feral, abandoned or stray cats by 2025.

Mayor Bernard Carvalho's administration will consider the ideas while drafting legislation on the issue.

Cats are a major threat to Kauai's native seabirds, whose populations have been rapidly declining. Officials last week released video showing cats pulling a Newell's Shearwater, a threatened species, and a Hawaiian Petrel, an endangered species, out of burrows and killing the birds.

In a 113-page report, the task force called for thinning out the island's feral cat population in two phases.

The first phase, which would end in 2020, would require trap, neuter, release and monitor colonies to be "rigorously registered, certified and monitored" and have a minimum 90 percent spay or neuter rate.

Sick and injured cats would be removed, while new colony arrivals and kittens would be removed and made available for adoption or euthanasia.

By the second phase, all cat colonies would have to be on private property, completely fenced, registered, certified and monitored.

Unregistered cats found in areas not recognized as cat colonies would be trapped and either put up for adoption or euthanized.

"I know that's tough -- that's very tough for people who love the lives of cats and love cats as companion animals," said Peter Adler, the task force's director. "It has to be done humanely, but we can't just leave this problem to sort itself out."

Task force member Judy Dalton said she did not agree with using lethal methods to reduce feral cats. She was concerned that non-adopted cats, especially kittens, may be euthanized eventually. Having zero cats, she warned, could also lead rat and mice populations to spike.






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Spikette wrote:
Right on Kauai task force. Have all cats be required to be registered, chip of ownership inserted, and cats be confined to the owners property. All other cats shall be considered feral and be dispose of either by adoption or euthanize. Owners of cats found outside of their property be heavily fined or dispose of. Cat owners and lovers must take responsibility of their cats and not let them to free roam to breed or poop in their neighbors property.
on July 4,2014 | 08:28AM
serious wrote:
Give a bounty for bringing in strays and have them neutered.
on July 4,2014 | 08:45AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Yes, a bounty, for dead or alive.
on July 4,2014 | 03:29PM
richierich wrote:
Anti-freeze
on July 4,2014 | 09:31AM
kalaoa wrote:
Treat cat reduction the same as getting rid of mongoose or other pests.
on July 4,2014 | 11:02AM
sailfish1 wrote:
How are they getting rid of the mongoose?
on July 4,2014 | 06:12PM
hawaii_laulau wrote:
Keeps the cats, I've been to Kauai during the dry season and the mice were running up and down the stairs at that restaurant. So many crazy scary.
on July 4,2014 | 01:13PM
mikaele1 wrote:
chow fun catalina
on July 4,2014 | 02:34PM
Ronin006 wrote:
This is an interesting situation. It pits animal rights people who want to protect native seabirds against animal rights people who want to protect their beloved cats. And the winner will be.........
on July 4,2014 | 03:37PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Open a manapua factory. Problem solved.
on July 4,2014 | 04:57PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Humans cause the problem and the humans will likely kill the feral cats thinking that is the solution. All pets on Hawaii should require microchips identifying the owner and if the pet becomes a homeless "feral" animal, that owner is severely penalized. Neuter the cats that are currently feral but don't kill them. Let them at least live out their lives as all living animals deserve.
on July 4,2014 | 06:11PM
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