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7/7/2012 9:58:00 PM
Letter: Trap-and-release puts quail at risk


On May 17, Courier columnist Eric Moore, owner of Jay's Bird Barn, wrote an article titled "Baby quail and house cats: a lethal combination." This was right on, but the huge number of feral cats roaming Prescott presents an even larger problem. The Yavapai Humane Society traps cats, sterilizes them and then releases them back into the same area where they were trapped!

Am I the only person who thinks that this is misguided? The area in which I live has not seen a quail hatch for several years.

Keith Prosch


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Article comment by: Concerned Prescott Cat Lover

I get more than a little perturbed at people who think that killing feral cats will help. It will NOT. If a species feels threatened, they will overproduce to keep their numbers high. Feral cats are no exception. Also, cats are natural born hunters. Even my "pet" cats bring me gifts of the 2 or 4-legged variety and I simply am unable to change their DNA so they stop killing these little creatures. We can help to reduce the feral cat population in Yavapai County if more people would help instead of complain. I have my own organization that traps feral cats and it does work! Not to mention there are many other predators out there besides the feral cat.

Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2012
Article comment by: DO YOUR RESEARCH Please

You need to do some research about cats, birds, bird predators and humans unless this is just a way to get a business promoted in the paper. Cats are actually responsible for less than 8 percent of bird deaths. Humans are the number one cause with other birds coming in second. Cats are having a hard enough time dealing with the idea that they are disposable in our society. They don't need a falsely dredged up issue that is actually a business ad. As we destroy the bird habitats, you will surely see less of them.

Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2012
Article comment by: Barbara McAllister

No need to worry about the quail population, they're quite abundant in Chino Valley. I've seen at least 3 recent hatchings recently on my property alone with up to 15 in each. The male quail are very good at running off the local roadrunners here for example. There are several feral cats in the area but with plenty of shrubs to hide in there's no problem for the quail. When I have dogs in the yard the quail stay away. Please spay and neuter.

Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2012
Article comment by: Problem Solved

We need a feral cat hunting season. Problem solved.

Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2012
Article comment by: Midge Baker

I used to live in a semi-rural rental where we had as many a five quail hatchings per season.

I have cats, but they could never catch those quail babies. Hawks did. Eagles did. Owls did. Even coyotes did. But not my cats.

Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

Wild cats is not nature in action. These cats should NOT be put back into the population.

Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2012
Article comment by: Dana Hoyer

so what do you propose they do with all the cats kill them because of human irresponsibility? That would be wrong too and there are no where near enough homes out there to handle all the feral cats that are in the area so again it falls on human responsibility but it isnt ever going to happen sadly the human race is very misguided when it comes to the animals we are here to care for.

Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2012
Article comment by: Yes, you are the only one who thinks it's misguided

Everybody else knows that spay/neuter/release programs are far more effective at controlling feral cat populations than simply trapping and removing individual cats.

And now YOU know.

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