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Re: [WisCats] PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Protect Cats in National Key Deer Refuge!

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  • Pam Norman
    Message 1 of 4 , Apr 19, 2007
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      > **URGENT: Protect Cats in the National Key Deer Refuge**
      >
      > **Help save the cats – send a letter to the United States Fish and
      > Wildlife Service!**
      >
      > Effective immediately, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has begun
      > the process of trapping and killing feral cats residing within the
      > National Key Deer Refuge in southern Florida. Feral cat advocates
      > have fought for several years to prevent harm to these cats –
      > still the authorities are insistent. Take Action – contact your
      > federal representatives today and tell them you oppose killing
      > cats on federal lands.
      >
      > These feral cats are being singled out as the reason for a
      > diminished population of marsh rabbits; while the main reasons for
      > their depopulation is habitat loss. Studies done on feral cats and
      > their impact on indigenous species are often misleading and can
      > cause knee-jerk reactions by authorities. These reactions can
      > result in inhumane and ineffective actions! You can read more
      > about feral cats and wildlife on the Alley Cat Allies website.
      > <http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?ID=M7258695416303355044625765&af=y>
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      > The only long term solution to managing feral cats and their
      > environment is to implement a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program.
      >
      > **Your help is needed.** While the refuge may not be located near
      > you, it is federally protected land, which legally belongs to all
      > of us. With that in mind, take action to let your federal
      > representatives and the Florida delegation of representatives know
      > that killing cats on federal land, as a form of management, is
      > ineffective, inhumane, and inappropriate.
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      > Dear Director Dale Hall:
      >
      > I understand that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is
      > undertaking a trap-and-kill tactic to manage the population of
      > feral cats residing within the National Key Deer Refuge in
      > southern Florida. I request that you place an immediate moratorium
      > on the trapping and killing of cats on federal lands such as the
      > National Key Deer Refuge.
      >
      > The impact of feral cats on the national refuge and its
      > inhabitants has been wholly overstated. By far, the largest causes
      > of wildlife decimation are pesticides and habitat fragmentation.
      > The decision to trap and kill cats is not a reasonable response to
      > the true threats that the marsh rabbit, an endangered species, is
      > currently facing.
      >
      > There is a humane and effective alternative called
      > Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).
      >
      > TNR entails:
      >
      > * Trapping and adopting stray (tame) cats and sociable
      > kittens, which often results in an immediate 50 percent
      > decrease in the outdoor cat population;
      > * Trapping, sterilizing, vaccinating, and eartipping (for
      > identification) cats that are feral (cannot be socialized or
      > adopted);
      > * Returning healthy, feral cats to the locations where they
      > were trapped, where volunteers provide food, water, and
      > monitor the health of the colony.
      >
      > TNR results in:
      >
      > * Healthy, but gradually diminishing, cat colonies;
      > * Ongoing commitment and participation by volunteers;
      > * Positive public relations and media exposure.
      >
      > For decades trap and kill campaigns have failed to reduce feral
      > cat populations across the country. Remaining cats who escape
      > trapping continue to reproduce. The number of cats quickly rises
      > back to the original number or higher. This is called the vacuum
      > effect. The only way to reduce the number of stray and feral cats
      > successfully is to stop them from breeding.
      >
      > Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the most effective and cost-effective
      > management plan. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs cost one-third
      > to one-half as much as trap-and-kill because they end the cycle of
      > reproduction while killing has to be done on an ongoing basis.
      >
      > It's time to stop killing one species to protect another. Be a
      > leader on this issue - stop the federally funded killing at the
      > National Key Deer Refuge.
      >
      > Sincerely,
      >
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