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I have been to the Riparian area in Gilbert dozens of times with my family and love it. I also love bird watching, own cats, and am supportive of the feral cat population at the preserve.
I think what SavetheCatsAZ has been doing and the cooperation of the Riparian Preserve in the past is a successful model of humane and responsible wildlife and feral cat management. SavetheCatsAZ has feed, fostered, spayed/neutered and found homes for over 200 cats to date! They have done so with their own money and time for over 10 years.
The request by the Riparian to remove the cats residing at the Preserve is a knee jerk reaction. There is no credible evidence to show cats have any significant impact on bird populations. Even worse, once the cats have been removed other cats will move in to take their place. It has been proven in many cities throughout the world that trapping and killing does not work. Once the said cats have been removed, more move in. Cities all over have seen this happen time and time again.
There is a food source there that originally brought the cats in and with the other cats removed, new ones will take their place. These new cats will not be fixed like the ones that are to be removed and can cause other issues such as wandering, mating, and spraying. The population will rapidly grow due to their prolific breeding habits. To continue to trap and dispose of the new cats will cost the preserve and the City of Gilbert money in a never ending cycle of a wrong decision.
SavetheCatsAZ is trying to do the right thing and the city should whole heartedly support them not punish them for caring and taking responsibility. Please allow SavetheCatsAZ to continue to feed, foster, spay/neuter and find homes for these cats.Jan 12, 2011
This is such a shame. I have been involved and donating to Wildhorse Ranch Rescue for 10+ years and can attest to all their good work and intentions. It is too bad after 15 years, the county has decided they can't do this anymore. So many animals will lose out.Jan 12, 2011
Is there any reason to make hunting and fishing a constitutional amendment? Has the system not been working fine for the last 80 years? Do we really want politicians having exclusive say over our wildlife management in AZ? Are we ready to give up our citizen's initiative rights? These questions and the vague language in Proposition 109 haunt me and that is why I will be voting NO on Proposition 109 in November. Oct 9, 2010