Cat plan not environmentally responsible
Dear Mr. Frassinelli,
In a recent editorial you defended a compromise plan in Palmerton involving feral cats. The plan calls for a trap, neuter and release program. You said it was a “workable strategy with which everyone can live.”
Everyone, perhaps, except the song birds, voles, salamanders, and other small mammals, reptiles and amphibians that will be killed by the released cats. Cats are natural predators, but they are not natural to the ecosystem, nor do they cease hunting even after they are fed. They are among the leading causes of the decline in bird populations.
The plan ignores other species. Releasing cats, neutered or not, is not an environmentally responsible policy.