GENESEO – Thursday is the next in a series of Government Center meetings to address Geneseo’s feral cat population.
This meeting will specifically examine strategies that other municipalities have used to humanely curb feral cat populations. Attendees will discuss problems that other towns may already have addressed with feral cat plans.
“There is a lot of legal material on this, like, where does cat ownership begin?” said Geneseo Village Trustee Mary Rutigliano, a feral cat committee member. “It’s also important to find a structure within with animal control fits.”
The meeting runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Livingston County Government Center, 6 Court Street, Geneseo. Refreshments will be provided.
Community interest in the feral cats and what to do about them continues to build. Trap/spay/neuter operations have continued throughout the summer.
There are concerns that the dense population of cats may threaten the health of human residents or pets. They can get into garbage, and birdwatchers know how their hunting abilities make them a serious threat to native songbirds.
The committee may decide to make recommendations to local residents about how to handle the cats. The idea is to lower the cat population as humanely as possible.
Perhaps more importantly, Rutigliano said, is public education about what pet owners should to do or not do. A dominant theory is that college students who are about to move or graduate release their cats at barns in the Town of Geneseo.