What are we so upset about?
Question 62 http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/nrboard/congress/sh/cca/index.htm
Posed to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress.
It is a question that will be asked of the participants at the spring hearings on 4/11/05.
Here it is:
Question 62 - Feral Cats
Studies have been done in Wisconsin concerning effects of free roaming feral domestic cats. These studies showed free roaming feral domestic cats killed millions of small mammals, song and game birds. Estimates range from a minimum of 47 million up to 139 million songbirds are killed each year. Free roaming feral domestic cats are not a native species in Wisconsin. The above mentioned cats do however kill native species therefore reducing native species.
At present free roaming feral domestic cats are not defined as a protected or unprotected species. Thus Wisconsin should move to define free roaming feral domestic cats, as any domestic type cat which is not under the owner's direct control, or whose owner has not placed a collar on such cat showing it to be their property. All such defined free roaming feral domestic cats shall be listed as an unprotected species. In so doing Wisconsin would be defining and listing free roaming feral domestic cats.
62. Do you favor the DNR take steps to define free roaming feral domestic cats by the previously mentioned definition and list free roaming domestic feral cats as an unprotected species?
The UW study that is being referred to is the one that Stanley Temple published in Wisconsin Natural Resources in December 1996. It's available here:
We question the validity of this study.
We challenge the solution Question 62 poses.
Don't Shoot the Cat.
Join us at the hearings, 4/11/05.