Here's some weird news for your day - Norfolk, an Ontario County on the northern side of Lake Erie, is dealing with a major stray cat overpopulation problem.
The county has a population of about 65,000 people and approximately 30,000 feral cats that are running loose in the area. This past May, the county called for any possible solutions to control the cat situation, offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who is able to come up with a sound strategy.
There has only been one response to the call since then and it was by the Simcoe and District Human Society; however, their submission was disqualified as it failed to offer a long-term solution to the plight.
Feral cats are distinguished from domesticated cats as they are wild creatures that procreate rapidly and often create large colonies. The Ontario SPCA stated that perhaps the only way to manage feral cat overpopulation without harming them is to capture the cats, spay or neuter them, and then release them back to the wild.
The OPSCA does loan cages to feral cat colony managers, but food, vet bills and other expenses are to be covered by the managers themselves.
Any environmental biologists willing to give this a try?
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