Feds removing cats from Georgia park

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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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themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 03/29/10 - 03:00 pm
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Any guess as to what a feral

Any guess as to what a feral cat is?

onecatfish
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onecatfish 03/29/10 - 03:10 pm
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Feral cats are descended from
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Feral cats are descended from domestic cats but are born and live without human contact.

TheGeorgian
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TheGeorgian 03/29/10 - 03:13 pm
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A feral cat is a domestic cat

A feral cat is a domestic cat (as opposed to a bobcat or puma) which has gone (or was born) wild. It is ownerless and generally will not tolerate close proximity to humans. I have one such cat which I captured many years ago in Florida when he was four months old. He tamed very quickly and has been an inside cat ever since.

ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 03/29/10 - 05:23 pm
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feral cats are what happens

feral cats are what happens when owners get tired of them...and now taxpayers are spending to clean up their lazy lifestyles....don't we pay enough taxes w/o having to collect stray cats?

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 03/29/10 - 07:08 pm
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I realize that I am patently

I realize that I am patently biased when it comes to this topic, but in any case,
I don't agree with the fact that the Federal Government can decide "to ELIMINATE what IT [emphasis added], considers a threat to wildlife," and when the Government can begin "removing feral cats from........Park(s)."
The Government is ELIMINATING cats, by killing them! And the Government can decide when a species becomes a threat, and the Government can decide which species to Eliminate [Kill].

What is going to happen when the Federal Government discovers that HUNTERS are a threat to Wildlife?

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 03/29/10 - 07:54 pm
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HUNTERS are a threat to

HUNTERS are a threat to wildlife, domestic animals and about anything else that moves. Itchy trigger fingers and the urge to blast 'em. Mind you they're doing the world a service by killing animals. Otherwise they'd just overpopulate and starve. But savvy folks try to stay out of rifle range.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 03/29/10 - 07:53 pm
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Gaspringwater--I suppose

Gaspringwater--I suppose you're right about overpopulation if and when it DOES happen, but it is sad. Beyond sad, is scary--that is the Federal Government exterminating a species with no tangible proof that the species is in fact, a threat to other Wildlife. According to this article, the Federal Government says when and how to kill feral cats without verification!

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Sargebaby 03/29/10 - 08:04 pm
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Ahhh Springwater, you

Ahhh Springwater, you couldn't be further from the truth. Hunters are the backbone of conservation in the USA. Legal hunters number in the millions. Over 200,000 deer hunters in Georgia alone, and the overpopulation has caused over 600 deer collisions in Columbia County alone, this season. One person died by gunfire in this State, by an "itchy trigger finger," this past season. While one is still too many, the avergage is lower than usual.

Legal hunters do not shoot at anything that moves. Target identification is required in the Hunter's Safety courses taught in this state. Hunters must pass to be legal. It's not as bad as you think!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 03/30/10 - 01:50 am
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Feral cats are as tasty as

Feral cats are as tasty as domestic cats, but you just don't know what they've been eating. I hate a nasty cat in my casserole.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 03/30/10 - 05:54 am
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TheGeorgian, proximity means

TheGeorgian, proximity means close. So to use "close proximity" in tandem is redundant and incorrect.

augustadog
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augustadog 03/30/10 - 06:38 am
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Nat, read the article again

Nat, read the article again It says, "The Corps cites scientific studies suggesting feral cats hurt native populations of small mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibian species."
I am glad they are taking the cats away to protect the natural wildlife of the area. I don't go to a park to see a bunch of wild cats. I say get them all out.

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Rob Pavey 03/30/10 - 08:24 am
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Feral cats have an awful

Feral cats have an awful impact on songbirds, reptiles and amphibians. They gotta go. Sargebaby up the board is right on target with hunters. Of course there are good ones, and some bad ones (like anything else). But by and large they are the keepers of our outdoor lands and the best conservationists. Their dollars are used to acquire public wildlife lands that hikers and birders and others also get to enjoy. Hunter Education (aka firearms safety) classes are a prerequisite for all kids wanting a hunting license. It is a good class - too bad everyone (hunters and non-hunters alike) can't take this course. It would help reduce a lot of accidents among non-hunters, too.

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texred 03/30/10 - 09:36 am
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First the cats, then the

First the cats, then the people - aw I see a plan in progress to help the Obama Health Care take effect.....Doo Da, Do Da Day!!!

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 03/30/10 - 01:58 pm
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Augustadog--I love dogs too!

Augustadog--I love dogs too! Of course there are studies for everything, but who decides when to pick up a study and say "O.K. it's time to go get all those feral cats and wild dogs and kill them?" Rob Pavey? He just did! "They gotta go." And in China you can't have but two children then the Government ties your tubes. And I agree with Sarge about Hunting, we are not talking about legal hunting here, we are talking about legal gathering of a particular animal, that also serves a useful purpose in the Wild such a rodent control, for extermination. They killed all the cats in Europe too, right before the Bubonic plague wiped out one-third of the World's Population. If we don't remember and learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it!

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gaspringwater 03/30/10 - 02:40 pm
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It's amazing the rational put

It's amazing the rational put forward that claims hunters are a blessing to mother nature's wildlife, the great outdoors and the human race in general. It's nothing short of miraculous that living species survived, evolved and prospered for millennia before human hunters appeared on the landscape. But the human hunter should be given due credit. He invented the gun and poop wind too.

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 03/30/10 - 03:05 pm
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gaspringwater, your lack of

gaspringwater, your lack of knowledge is amazing! Earliest known Homo sapiens were "hunter gatherer's! This was millions of years ago, and guess what, dear, we still have an abundance of animals on the planet, despite the event that wiped out the dinosaurs. I stated to you previously, that legal hunters in America, are the bulk of conservationists where the animal kingdom is concerned. Either you are uninterested in doing the research, or you have a closed mind on the subject. If you do not know the subject matter in its entirety, the better thing to do would be not to comment. It makes you appear, well, dumb!

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 03/30/10 - 03:12 pm
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Gosh, Rob, I was so busy

Gosh, Rob, I was so busy responding to springwater, I did not see your comment. It amazes me how people will comment about something they do not know. This is a typical example. Obviously, she is not familiar with DNR, or anything remotely connected to the benefits provided by hunters. Too bad she doesn't live where the feral pigs are destroying crops and property. She would be begging for hunters to get rid of the porkers.

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