They not only taste good but you can skin them and make a nice hat out of them - that is what he said - I have concealed his face despite being a public photo.
Note: this is unpleasant. Please don't read it if it might upset you. In certain parts of Australia it is legal and even encouraged to ground shoot feral cats. But, you know, Australians will be Australians. What interests me is what happens in the countryside is the United States? The American farmer. What do some of them think?
There is a huge polarisation of sentiment towards feral cats. Your typical red necked American hunter would call me a "bunny hugger". I would call him a bl**dy moron. You see, we are miles apart.
Well if you want to get a feel for the attitude of a significant segment of Americans here are some verbatim comments from a forum. They might ask me to remove them but I doubt it:
After you shoot them in the gut with a .22...they break dance like Michael Jackson.
So, what is up with these flaky groups who trap feral cats, neuter them - and then turn them back loose?
What a freaking waste of effort.
I say just shoot the bastards.
Cats in the wild are shot on site as they have no place in the ecological balance and I like quail and Phesants way more then cats. Sometimes I do enjoy shooting them if they are the smart ones that have been shot at a few times and lived. Those dudes can be as cagey as any coyote. I got a big orange one the other day when he stopped to come out and see where I was. Just the top of his head was visable in the fence row. He was about 200 yards and I got him from one knee. Yes! I was pretty pleased with that shot. Some people make it sound like that is a bad thing?
Common sense has gone out the window in this country......
It's amazing how all the do gooders come out of the woodwork when a wild dog or cat gets shot. If you love your damn pet keep it fenced in or tied up. Really pretty simple. A wild cat or dog needs a hole in it. Not rocket science.
.Any wildcat is a target..
One of the first rules my Dad taught me while hunting was that when out of sight of a farm house and a cat comes in range it's a "dead cat"...
The only "idiots" are the ones that don't control their pet cats, or dump them in the country. When we hunt groundhogs, we will see 10 cats for every groundhog we see. If they are in a field hunting, they are eliminated. Google "feral cats" and see how many birds they kill every year...
If they are over 1/4 mile from a house they should be eliminated. I work too hard establishing my quail.
I sense a real underlying anger in these words. And I see an ignorance and crudeness. When people involved with TNR write about feral cats I see an intelligence and a mellowness.
We are a million miles away from dealing with the feral cat in the USA.
In addition to the ones shot for sport hunting as indicated above - although some will justify it on saving the birds which is a weak argument as feral cats prefer rodents as they are easier to catch and there is no conclusive research on bird loss by feral cats (see links below) - there are between 2 and 14 million slaughtered yearly in the USA but we don't know the true figure it seems.
A lot of people think shooting feral cats is the way forward. Not one of these people who shoot feral cats propose or think about how to take proactive preventative steps against people to clear up the problem.
It is all horribly, simplistically, reactive, which perpetuates the problem.
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