Letters: Use live traps

Roaming cats should not be allowed to kill birds for sport

A dark-eyed junko is currently nesting within a metre of my home and has done so for many years. This ground bird, among many others here, consumes insects and grubs and is good for the environment. Doesn’t cost me a penny, they look after themselves.

If I had an outdoor cat, these birds would not be here. Domestic cats kill for sport even though they have a full stomach. I would also have to pay to feed and maintain the cat. I prefer the birds.

I understand there is a high incidence of feline leukemia amongst Vancouver Island cougar as a result of consuming diseased domestic cats. Makes sense that the cougar would take advantage of a readily available source of food (both cats and dogs) that we allow to wander about.

A cat by-law that addresses the source of the problem, although well intended and necessary, will not be anywhere near 100 per cent effective due to either an individual’s ignorance of the situation and/or their disregard for the by-law.

My suggestion is to use a live animal trap and turn the interloper over to animal control. When cherished pets fail to return home for feeding, their owners may consider tagging and control of the animal a better choice. If an animal has no owner you will be doing a service to the animal and community by taking it off the street. A suitable trap found on-line ($65) is likely cheaper than a fence around your garden.

When the service costs to the community increase, council may then have some input.

Estimates of 1.3 to 4 billion birds killed each year by cats in the U.S.A .www.sciencenews.org/article/cats-kill-more-one-billion-birds-each-year.

K. Ellinger


Just Posted

Last chance to say hello to the future

Saanich 150 time capsule on display at municipal hall

New trail system proposed for Sooke

System will connect parks and green spaces and encourage alternate forms of transportation

Giants draw first blood in WHL playoff series vs. Victoria

Home ice advantage non-existent for Royals against arch-rival Vancouver

Saanich makes appeal for regional fire dispatch system

Five CRD communities drop Saanich service in favour of Surrey

Sooke football coach has no plans on stopping

Tony Nelson has played multiple sports his entire life

Vancouver Island’s Best Videos of the Week

A look at some of the best video stories from the past week ending March 23, 2018

Public warned not to eat herring eggs harvested from French Creek to Qualicum Bay

Island Health reports vibrio cholerae infection linked to eating herring eggs

Canadian cities hold March for our Lives events in wake of Florida shooting

Hundreds of people support the massive March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C.

Health officials called after acid spill near B.C.-Alberta border leaks into creek

Tanker truck crashed south of Dawson Creek, spilling 17,000 litres of hydrochloric acid

Embattled band Hedley plays last show in B.C. before hiatus

About 3,000 tickets had sold for final performance at Kelowna’s Prospera Place

Trudeau to exonerate B.C. First Nations chiefs hanged in 1860s

Prime Minister to absolve Tsilhqot’in chiefs in relation to deaths of 14 construction workers

Canucks sing the Blues as they fall to St. Louis 4-1

Berglund nets two, including the game-winner, to lift St. Louis over Vancouver

Calving season brings hope for Cariboo ranchers

Still a lot of work ahead to recover from the wildfires

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond wins figure skating world title

The 22-year-old fwon the women’s singles crown with her Black Swan routine

Most Read