Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Feral cats in birding mecca

Did you see yesterday's article about plans for the feral cat colony in Cape May?

CAPE MAY, N.J. - The cats vs. birds struggle in this Victorian seaside resort has come down to the carrot vs. the stick.

The carrot is a compromise that would preserve colonies of feral cats but move them away from beaches where endangered shore birds nest. The stick is the federal government's threat to take away some of the city's badly needed beach replenishment money if the city refuses to move the felines.

Fur and feathers may fly as the City Council could decide Tuesday night whether to approve moving the cats.
I have to agree with an employee at a beachside fudge shop: "Bird-watching is big business here," added Theresa Renner, who works at a Boardwalk fudge shop. "A lot of bird lovers come here."

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Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

I don't know of anyone who travels to Cape May to see the cats!

Hope the plan works. Fed $$ is as good a stick as any, IMO.

February 20, 2008 1:37 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

"I don't know of anyone who travels to Cape May to see the cats!"

Ha! Good point, Laura.

February 20, 2008 1:47 PM  

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