Stray and feral felines continue to cause problems in Grand Bank
People in Grand Bank need to be more responsible when it comes to stray and feral cats, Mayor Rex Matthews said.
The town has been dealing with complaints of roaming felines for months.
Twenty-one cats were taken from the Greenwood Avenue area alone earlier this winter, Matthews said, and when the problem is dealt with in one neighbourhood, another trouble spot seems to pop up.
“It’s very time consuming, very costly,” he said during council’s meeting last week.
“It delays the work that we’re trying to get done outside before the fall and winter sets in.”
Some people in the community are very protective of the animals, Matthews said, saying cats have been hidden until the town’s cages are removed. They also worsen the situation by giving the cats food, he said.
“We’ve spoken to people about feeding the cats, and their comment is, well, they can’t see the poor cats with nothing to eat,” Matthews said.
“I have to commend them for having a kind heart, but all it does is increase our problems.”
With the veterinarian in Marystown not always available when animals are captured, council passed a motion earlier this month allowing town manager Wayne Bolt to use his discretion when dealing with cat problems.
The vet will also only euthanize cats that are feral, and those that aren’t wild are returned to the community. The town works with the SPCA, as well.
The town is having some success, but there’s a long ways to go before the problem is solved, Matthews said, suggesting council double its cat traps to six.
Four more cats were taken from one property in the town in the span of a few days recently, Matthews said.
“That particular family was tortured,” he said.
Coun. Travis Parsons said he has heard complaints from two areas of town. One person in particular was really frustrated, he said.
“It’s a difficult one,” Parsons said of dealing with stray and feral cats. “It’s one of those polarizing topics with people when you talk to them.”