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Letter to the Editor: There's a lot more to saving feral cats
I just read the article in the Feb. 27 Dawson County News regarding the Feral Cat Program in Georgia. This is a very emotional essay that appeals to cat lovers but leaves out the science behind the feral cat trap, neuter and release TNR program. I wish the other side of this issue was available to our community. Research conducted by scientists, who happen to be cat lovers and biologists, has shown that the program does not reduce the population of feral cats in spite of their being neutered. The program actually increases feral cats in a colony. One reason is that the colony of cats is not an enclosed system. Other non-neutered cats, which are never captured, freely enter the colony and reproduce, benefiting from the abundant food and water resource.