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This hunter waged a war on feral cats.

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  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Скорпион Founding Member Board Elder Site Mgr Site Supporter ++

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    This hunter waged a war on feral cats. Now he says he has become the target of attacks.
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    The Washington Post
    Lindsey Bever 2 hrs ago


    For years, Sam Wood has been a proponent of hunting and killing invasive species, such as wild hogs, that can threaten the native ecosystems. His Facebook page is filled with photos showing the 48-year-old outdoorsman taking down sparrows and starlings, pigeons and rats.

    But Wood’s most recent mark seems to have made him the target: feral cats.

    It started earlier this month, when the Wisconsin resident shared a stock photo of a cat in a trap.

    “Some may find this offensive but the truth is feral cats are a huge problem,” he wrote online. “I know this post will cause some backlash from the Disney educated but by putting the truth out there and not hiding we can educate some folks.

    “Back in the 80’s we used to get $5 for a cat hide. Buyers had pallets of cat hides. The hides were used as trim on leather gloves. Some trappers targeted cats year round which helped the environment tremendously and it also gave them gas money and they used the meat for bait. Now we have bunny huggers that want to protect cats. They refuse to educate themselves as to the true impact of what they are doing and saying.”

    In an interview, Wood said he sets up traps near his home in Wild Rose, a small town in central Wisconsin, to catch raccoons and other small animals to sell on the fur market. But sometimes, he said, he inadvertently catches feral cats.

    Those are the animals he shoots and kills.

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    © Courtesy of Sam Wood Sam Wood with a feral hog he hunted and killed.

    “I take the opportunity to remove them,” Wood said, adding that he gets “no enjoyment out of killing a cat. It sucks.”

    Wood’s argument? That feral felines are an invasive species threatening the native ecosystems and that he is doing his part to help take them out.

    “A feral cat is better off dead on the ground than it is alive,” he said. “It’s harsh — it’s harsh to say, but it’s the truth.”

    That opinion puts Wood firmly on one side of the simmering debate over free-roaming house cats and feral cats, a conundrum that’s deep-rooted and difficult to resolve in a nation where cats are not native but are the most popular pet. Both sides typically agree that feral felines are a problem. But some argue that the animals should be humanely trapped, sterilized and then released in a bid to decrease the stray population. Others call that method ineffective and say cats should be removed and euthanized to preserve birds and other native species.

    “I think there are animal rights people who have a perfectly valid point of view in thinking that the cat shouldn’t be killed, and I think there’s also a perfectly valid point of view that you should control this nonnative population if it’s hurting native species,” Dov Sax, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Brown University, said in an interview. “So I think the crux of the issue is that they’re both reasonable points of view and that’s what makes this issue difficult.”

    The conflict over this topic can get ugly. In 2011, for example, a bird researcher in Washington was convicted of attempted animal cruelty for trying to poison feral cats. Wood said that since publicizing his opinion — and the way in which he kills cats — he has become the target of cyberbullying and death threats.

    The stock photo he posted, which showed a cat caught in a Conibear spring trap, drew thousands of commenters to his Facebook page — some in favor, some against. “You are a sick individual,” one commenter wrote. Wood, in turn, urged his supporters not to snap back at the animal rights advocates.

    “We have eyes on us,” Wood told them. “If you’re a loyal supporter and you’re passionate about this, I’m going to ask you for a favor: Don’t fall into the trap of the antis and the radicals.”

    “I have some hunters on here that say ‘you’re an unethical hunter. You make us all look bad,'” Wood said in a video on Facebook. “Actually I don’t. I am actually the guy who stands behind his beliefs. I think most of you out there that are hunters will agree we have a feral hog problem in the United States. People actually pay to hunt hogs. And when I ask them, ‘Why are you pig-hunting?’ — ‘well, they’re bad for the environment and we’ve got to get rid of them,’ and everything else,” he added. “But that will be one of the same guys that say ‘You’re unethical for shooting a cat.’”

    [​IMG] © Courtesy of Sam Wood Sam Wood with dead starlings and sparrows.
    Many wildlife conservation organizations agree with Wood on the environmental perils of cats, which are thought to have been domesticated in the eastern Mediterranean region and then taken by humans all over the globe. The Invasive Species Specialist Group, an international network of scientists and policy experts, lists Felis catus, or the domestic cat, among 100 of the “World’s Worst” invaders. The Wildlife Society says that because cats have “no native range,” they are “considered a non-native, invasive, feral species when allowed outdoors to interact with native ecosystems.”

    Chuck Knapp, vice president of conservation and research at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, said he respects the passion and position of cat lovers who feel that the animals “deserve to roam free.” But, he said, “then you have the conservationists, such as myself, and we’re thinking of the natural ecosystems, which cats are not part of and feel that native animals should be preserved and not killed by these cats.”

    That’s not how the Humane Society of the United States views it. Katie Lisnik, the organization’s director of cat protection and policy, wrote in an email that HSUS views cats as “domesticated animals” distinct from their wild ancestors — animals that have no native range and should not be subject to wildlife designations like “invasive species.”

    Melissa Tedrowe, Wisconsin state director for the Humane Society, said laws in some states permit killing a feral cat. Although Wisconsin law does not declare it legal, she said, it also does not prohibit it.

    Wild Rose police chief Russ Monacelli told ABC affiliate WISN that he has gotten calls from people across the country who want Wood to be held accountable. But, the chief told the station, Wood has not broken any laws.

    Wood said he went public with his story because he wants to educate people about invasive species and urge them to keep their cats indoors.

    “Ultimately, irresponsible pet ownership is the problem,” Wood said. “That is the root of this problem. We have a problem, let’s admit it.”

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/th...e-the-target-of-attacks/ar-AAngCoR?li=BBnb7Kz
     
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  2. TAEZZAR

    TAEZZAR LADY JUSTICE ISNT BLIND, SHES JUST AFRAID TO WATCH Midas Member Site Supporter

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    The other side of the coin - he his helping the vultures survive & that helps keep all carcasses
    cleaned up.
     
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    and the maggots and the ants and finally in the shit stage the worms are included so, that cat has helped an entire eco-system survive all while only one life was lost

    Incredible
     
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    and like all human endeavors, it ends in "entertainment" under the guise of "where's the beer?" :2 thumbs up:
     
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    While too many cats can result in problems, they can help the eco system. Rats carried the flea, which carried the Bubonic Plague. The human population nearly got
    wiped out in Europe.

    Better cats than rats.
     
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    My neighbor has about 15 feral cats wandering around their yard hoping to get some table scraps dumped into a pan on the porch. The next neighbor up the road at the farm has probably 30+ cats. All of these cats are diseased looking manges. When the male offspring reaches maturity they get driven off (to our yard). I have a 12 gauge behind the door for such intrusions.
     
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    Well where were the cats back then that the rats got so out of control one might ask. Where did the rats get the fleas from, where did the fleas get the plague from? Seems like an never ending story, were .gov experimenting with viruses that far back?
     
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    The parasitic flea, that carries the plague, uses house and outdoor rats, as the host. Back in the day, rats from ships spread the plague from seaport to seaport. Humans could also transmit it to person to person.

    I was not alive during the European Bubonic plague outbreak, but my theory was, that people did not have cats for pets, as we do today. Where I live, the parts of the neighborhood, where cats live, feral and domesticated, have less rodents. We do have rats here. I have two outdoor tom cats, that do a wonderful job of eradicating rodents. The coyotes, fox, etc., that naturally devour rodents, do not come around habitable buildings, so cats are the preferred animal for rodent control.
     
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    Snakes are good for killing rats and cats.
     
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    As a cat lover, it pains me to see his method but Wisconsin has made the killing of feral cats legal for some years now. NW Ohio used to have a problem but the humane societies in this area launched Operation Felix. Ferals were trapped and fixed by volunteer vets, then released back into the area. In a couples of years, there were few ferals left. Now the cats wandering around are mostly from scum dumping a family pet or from the dumbasses who couldn't be bothered to get their cat fixed. The coyotes mostly clean them up.
     
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    Anyone who has been around an area with quantities of feral cats understands the reasons behind thinning them out as much as possible! A more diseased, decrepit group of nasty animals you would be hard pit to find!

    SD
     
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    The Book of Eli had a good use for cats, CAT OIL. :2 thumbs up:
    Around here (Urban/suburban area) the feral cat problem is exacerbated by old women.
    I stumble upon two different areas of feral cat colonies. My estimate each had between 20-30 cats.
    One colony two women showed up at different times and threw out cat food and then they would sit in their cars and watch the cats eat.

    The other seemed to have just one provider yet both of these colonies were on perimeters of restaurants.

    Farm cats and snakes provide a service as mice and rats breed more and produce more offspring. Farm cats and snakes only manage to reduce the vermin and most farmers still occur losses in their crops.
    Yes, Cats had little effect on the Black Plague and cats were plentiful then too.

    As a kid and teen the family had a few cats but we had more dogs than cats at anytime.
    I am a Dog Person. Nothing sounds better than a hound baying. To alert me someone is on the property, (one Sound). Somebody is jogging past on the road ( another tone). Another dog is on the property ( different tone). Squirrels and cats are to close to the property. A live alert system audio and physical. :-)

    Especially when the hound runs those trespassing animals off the property and up a tree or down a hole.
     
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    There were plenty of cats but they killed them all because they thought "they" were carrying the plague. Typical middle-ages cockup.

    But the plague was necessary, there was too much population pressure for the available energy source in northern Europe. namely wood. The forests were getting decimated. Coal solved the problem after that but it's interesting that nature (or God?) has a way of balancing the numbers when things get out of hand.
     
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    Remember: The Black Death Plague was brought to Europe along the Silk Road / Steppe Trade Routes and Shipping routes. Traveling from China to Europe in less than a years time.
    Black cats had short life spans anyway as they were attached to witchcraft.
     
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    Are you sure about that???

    New Light on the Black Death: The Cosmic Connection

    https://www.sott.net/article/145683-New-Light-on-the-Black-Death-The-Cosmic-Connection

    Back in antiquity small dog breeds such as terriers were used for thinning out the rats, mice & other growing & storage destroying varmits.... not cats.

    I terminate any feral cat that I can... they are highly destructive to all native species & usually in poor health. In most of my experiences termination is usually a humane service act for the animal.
     
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    Don't know if this was a book also, but its a great movie, watch it every time it comes on TV. Im just not a pet lover myself, didn't have them growing up, maybe cause we were poor I don't know but don't like sharing my house with animals , wife has a dog and two cats, all pains in the ass, piss and shit, dogs old, dam one of the dam cats took to pissing on new chairs we bought a few years back and now we have to cover them every night with plastic and those animal diaper things. I don't know when in time someone decided cats and dogs were house pets and should be in the house, Im just thankful they didn't start brining in firkin cows and horses.

    QUOTE="GOLDBRIX, post: 1158894, member: 1435"]The Book of Eli had a good uBse for cats, CAT OIL. :2 thumbs up:
    Around here (Urban/suburban area) the feral cat problem is exacerbated by old women.
    I stumble upon two different areas of feral cat colonies. My estimate each had between 20-30 cats.
    One colony two women showed up at different times and threw out cat food and then they would sit in their cars and watch the cats eat.

    The other seemed to have just one provider yet both of these colonies were on perimeters of restaurants.

    Farm cats and snakes provide a service as mice and rats breed more and produce more offspring. Farm cats and snakes only manage to reduce the vermin and most farmers still occur losses in their crops.
    Yes, Cats had little effect on the Black Plague and cats were plentiful then too.

    As a kid and teen the family had a few cats but we had more dogs than cats at anytime.
    I am a Dog Person. Nothing sounds better than a hound baying. To alert me someone is on the property, (one Sound). Somebody is jogging past on the road ( another tone). Another dog is on the property ( different tone). Squirrels and cats are to close to the property. A live alert system audio and physical. :-)

    Especially when the hound runs those trespassing animals off the property and up a tree or down a hole.[/QUOTE]
     

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