A solution to Cal State Long Beach feral cat problem?
Cal State Long Beach has a new program to deal with a feral cat population. The Long Beach Press-Telegram reports:
CSULB officials began developing a new feral cat management program this summer after stating that coyotes were being attracted to the campus by the presence of cats and cat food.
Volunteers have long operated numerous feeding stations on campus to care for the cats, while also making an effort to spay and neuter the felines.
The university consulted the caretakers while developing the program, which calls for making food available to the cats only during daytime hours.
The new program "is very close to what the volunteers were hoping to achieve with the care of the feral cat population on campus," said CSULB spokeswoman Toni Beron. "It's not everything they wanted, but they were not necessarily taking into consideration the needs and concerns that were being expressed by others who were also watching the situation."
CSULB will authorize the feeding stations and register volunteers. Unauthorized feeding stations, any after-dark food or any cat shelter will be removed.
Volunteers will be responsible for ensuring the cats are spayed and neutered and for removing socialized cats for adoption or return to owner, if possible, the program states.
But Leslie Abrahams, a cat caretaker, said that the program goes too far by reducing and moving the feeding stations, arguing that it will disrupt the cats' lives. Because cats are territorial, many will continue to return to the location of their original feeding stations, she said.