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