Feral fe­lines on Fogo Is­land

Town work­ing to trap stray and feral cats

The Central Voice - - Editorial - BY KYLE GREEN­HAM kyle.green­ham@gan­der­bea­con.ca

The Town of Fogo Is­land is work­ing to en­sure is­sues with feral cats around the is­land don’t get out of hand.

Mayor Wayne Collins says in the past year sights of stray cats have be­come more com­mon. While the cats were first ap­pear­ing in Stag Har­bour, sight­ings have spread into town and other ar­eas.

The Gan­der SPCA had come through the area trap­ping some of the strays sev­eral months ago, but the mayor says the town has taken mat­ters into their own hands.

“We had a cou­ple ladies from Gan­der (SPCA) come out and pro­vided as­sis­tance in trap­ping them, but their bud­get is limited for them to con­tinue com­ing here and do­ing what needed to be done,” Collins said.

“[Coun­cil­lor Tracey Hart] took it upon her­self to make some ar­range­ments to han­dle traps that the town has pur­chased.”

Hart says four feral kit­tens were re­cently trapped and brought to the Gan­der SPCA. Ac­cord­ing to Hart, the stray cats are not cur­rently a ma­jor prob­lem for the is­land, and they hope these mea­sures will en­sure the prob­lem will not be­come un­con­trol­lable.

“As a town we have limited re­sources to deal with it,” said Collins. “If the prob­lem mag­ni­fies it would be a huge is­sue for Fogo Is­land.”

The Cen­tral Voice reached out to the Gan­der SPCA for com­ment but did not re­ceive a re­ply by dead­line.

Both Hart and Collins stress the im­por­tance of pet re­spon­si­bil­ity, and en­cour­age peo­ple of Fogo Is­land to spray and neuter their cats and to sup­port the lo­cal SPCA.

“We hope peo­ple will take it upon them­selves as much as pos­si­ble, take the preven­tive mea­sures of spay­ing or neu­ter­ing rather than pro­vid­ing a safe haven for strays,” Collins said. “If there are cats spot­ted around town let us or the SPCA know and we’ll do our ut­most to deal with it.”

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Fogo Is­land Mayor Wayne Collins says sights of stray and feral cats has been a grow­ing con­cern the past year The town re­cently pur­chased traps in hopes of pre­vent­ing the is­sue from get­ting out of con­trol

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