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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011
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There is no
set up to deal
with feral cats.
Neighbour plagued by feral cat problem
By LAURA WALTERS
Wild cats are not the responsibility
of the SPCA, the district council, or
the regional council, so who makes
sure they are being dealt with?
Horizons Regional Council will
help deal with the cats, but it was
not officially part of its strategy.
The responsibility falls on the
A Feilding resident, who did not
want to be named, has been dealing
with feral cats on a neighbouring
property for the past two years.
The woman said there were at
least five cats living under a neigh-
And the chances were that the
four female cats had had litters.
The cats were skinny and had
weepy eyes, she said.
It's not nice for them either.''
She had contacted the SPCA, who
told her to ring Horizons.
Horizons offered to lend her a live
capture trap for the cats.
However, she did not want the
responsibility of euthanasing the
I'm not slaughtering cats,'' she
If she took them to the vet and
had them put down humanely it
would cost a lot of money.
It's strange that there's no-one
set up to deal with it.''
The cats walked through her
house, and sprayed on her property.
It's quite a problem,'' she said.
And she said the landowners were
probably oblivious to the problem.
Horizons Regional Council
environmental manager Bill Martyn
said Horizons helped deal with feral
cats but the responsibility fell back
on the landowner.
Horizons sent its pest control per-
sonnel to trap, or capture cats but
was not obliged to do so.
The regional council is involved in
Feral cats are identified in
Horizons' Pest Management Strat-
egy as a non-statutory problem ani-
mal'', he said.
This meant they were an undesir-
able animal, but had not met the
criteria for exclusion as an animal
Mr Martyn said Horizons had not
noticed a rise in the number of feral
cats but was not actively monitoring
The cats could become the Mana-
watu District Council's respons-
ibility if it was a health and safety
issue, or if the property was signifi-
Sometimes it could be a district
Mr Martyn said trapping was the
best control method for feral cats.
They could be difficult to trap as
they were naturally cautious and
previous bad experiences would
make the cats shy, he said.
Live capture boxes were pre-
ferred, to avoid trapping domestic
Mr Martyn said it was difficult to
determine strays from feral cats.
He said: Obviously it helps if
they have a collar on.''
Mr Martyn said Horizons pro-
vided advice and information, and
had cage traps for loan on a case-by-
Feilding SPCA manager Jo
Finlayson said the centre did not
deal with cats it could not handle.
If we can't handle them we can't
deal with them.''
Often people fed the cats, or bent
the bars on the cages, which made it
difficult to catch them.
Mrs Finlayson said people think
they are doing the right thing by
feeding the cats, but it was not help-
ing them in the long run.
Environmental pride: North Street School principal Craig Sharp, student Renee Watt
and Keep Feilding Beautiful chairwoman Del Gibb with the Pride in School Cup.
Photo: BOBBIE NICHOLLS
Pride in School
KFB award won
by North Street
Studying it and doing it
Studying how to keep Feilding looking
clean and beautiful earned North
Street School the Pride in School cup
from Keep Feilding Beautiful (KFB).
Teacher Christine Hailes and eight
students joined the KFB committee to
learn more about the work done by the
committee and to lend a hand with
planting, keeping up rubbish control
and keeping Feilding's reputation as
New Zealand's most beautiful town,
having won the towns award 14 times.
The whole school made a huge effort
this year to keep their environment
tidy, including the neighbouring
streets, and each class studied aspects
of keeping their environment clean,
green and looking attractive. Some
classes collected rubbish from parks
and Makino stream while others
planted gardens in the school grounds.
Principal Craig Sharp said it was an
important subject for the children to be
aware of and had earned North Street
School the cup for the first time since
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