Feds removing cats from Georgia park

CUMMING, Ga. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, trying to eliminate what it considers a threat to wildlife, has begun removing feral cats from Lake Lanier's West Bank Park in Forsyth County.

The Corps posted signs last week warning people not to feed animals in the park, and is working with Forsyth County Animal Control to trap and remove the cats.

Carmela Quinlan of Suwanee disagrees, saying the cats keep the rodent population down. She says she has removed many cats from the park over the years, but has had some neutered or spayed and returned to the park because they weren't suitable for adoption.

The Corps cites scientific studies suggesting feral cats hurt native populations of small mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibian species.

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