A feral cat program was proposed in the South Padre Island Council’s Wednesday meeting and was tabled for more research into the issue.
In November and December of 2009, the issue was brought before the council and both times it was tabled, not to be addressed again until recent meetings in 2011.
The issue is multifaceted, but primarily deals with what needs to be done about controlling the feral cat population on the Island.
The debate comes from angles such as questioning the city’s ordinance against feral cats inhabiting the Island at all. This particular issue is brought up because the Island has a designated bird sanctuary and the wellbeing of the birds is under consideration. However, there are other citizens who argued that the cats keep the rat population down and are thus needed as a part of the ecosystem.
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