Feral Cat Hunting

By: NBC15
By: NBC15

A Wisconsin hunter wants to declare open season on Wisconsin's free–roaming domestic cats.

A La Crosse Firefighter has proposed the state re–categorize free–roaming domestic cats as an unprotected specis, which would allow anyone with a small–game hunting license to shoot them.
Hunter Mark Smith calls such cats invasive, adding the measure would help protect the state's wild bird population from a formidable predator.

However, today a local member of WCAT—the Wisconsin Cat Action Team, says wild cats—also known as ferals—should have the same protection as domestic cats—adding Trap, Neuter, Release programs can help to alleviate some of the stray cat complications.

Ted O'Donnell says cats are not naturally a part of our environment. Humans brought them here, so he says we have a responsible to manage them in a humane way.

Meanwhile, hunters throughout the state are scheduled to vote on Smith's proposal April 11th.

According to an attorney for the state's Department of Natural Resources, the vote would only serve as an advisory recommendation to state lawmakers.

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