Feilding Herald : December 22nd 2011
9 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011 NEWS 4264217AB 4202593AA Kimbolton Road, Feilding Phone 323 4054 Locally Owned & Operated MULTI-FIT DISPENSER RID THE HOUSE OF FLIES, SPIDERS AND OTHER PESTS $42.91 MCVERRY CRAWFORD MOTORS 360 WELLINGTON ROAD, MARTON, TEL (06) 327 8138 A/H DAVE - (06) 327 7082 • A/H BOB - (06) 327 4419 MCVERRY CRAWFORD $12,995 2005 TOYOTA COROLLA GL HATCH 1800cc, 5 speed manual, air con, CD player, ABS brakes, NZ new 4252354AA Hungry cats: There is no organisation, or council department, set up to deal with feral cats. Photo: FAIRFAX NZ Neighbour plagued by feral cat problem By LAURA WALTERS Wild cats are not the responsibility of the SPCA, the district council, or the regional council, so who makes sure they are being dealt with? Horizons Regional Council will help deal with the cats, but it was not officially part of its strategy. The responsibility falls on the landowner. A Feilding resident, who did not want to be named, has been dealing with feral cats on a neighbouring property for the past two years. The woman said there were at least five cats living under a neigh- bouring building. And the chances were that the four female cats had had litters. The cats were skinny and had weepy eyes, she said. It's not nice for them either.'' She had contacted the SPCA, who told her to ring Horizons. Horizons offered to lend her a live capture trap for the cats. However, she did not want the responsibility of euthanasing the cats. I'm not slaughtering cats,'' she said. If she took them to the vet and had them put down humanely it would cost a lot of money. It's strange that there's no-one set up to deal with it.'' The cats walked through her house, and sprayed on her property. It's quite a problem,'' she said. And she said the landowners were probably oblivious to the problem. Horizons Regional Council environmental manager Bill Martyn said Horizons helped deal with feral cats but the responsibility fell back on the landowner. Horizons sent its pest control per- sonnel to trap, or capture cats but was not obliged to do so. The regional council is involved in pest management. Feral cats are identified in Horizons' Pest Management Strat- egy as a non-statutory problem ani- mal'', he said. This meant they were an undesir- able animal, but had not met the criteria for exclusion as an animal pest. Mr Martyn said Horizons had not noticed a rise in the number of feral cats but was not actively monitoring the numbers. The cats could become the Mana- watu District Council's respons- ibility if it was a health and safety issue, or if the property was signifi- cant. Sometimes it could be a district council thing.'' Mr Martyn said trapping was the best control method for feral cats. They could be difficult to trap as they were naturally cautious and previous bad experiences would make the cats shy, he said. Live capture boxes were pre- ferred, to avoid trapping domestic cats. Mr Martyn said it was difficult to determine strays from feral cats. He said: Obviously it helps if they have a collar on.'' Mr Martyn said Horizons pro- vided advice and information, and had cage traps for loan on a case-by- case basis. Feilding SPCA manager Jo Finlayson said the centre did not deal with cats it could not handle. If we can't handle them we can't deal with them.'' Often people fed the cats, or bent the bars on the cages, which made it difficult to catch them. Mrs Finlayson said people think they are doing the right thing by feeding the cats, but it was not help- ing them in the long run. Environmental pride: North Street School principal Craig Sharp, student Renee Watt and Keep Feilding Beautiful chairwoman Del Gibb with the Pride in School Cup. Photo: BOBBIE NICHOLLS Pride in School KFB award won by North Street Studying it and doing it Studying how to keep Feilding looking clean and beautiful earned North Street School the Pride in School cup from Keep Feilding Beautiful (KFB). Teacher Christine Hailes and eight students joined the KFB committee to learn more about the work done by the committee and to lend a hand with planting, keeping up rubbish control and keeping Feilding's reputation as New Zealand's most beautiful town, having won the towns award 14 times. The whole school made a huge effort this year to keep their environment tidy, including the neighbouring streets, and each class studied aspects of keeping their environment clean, green and looking attractive. Some classes collected rubbish from parks and Makino stream while others planted gardens in the school grounds. Principal Craig Sharp said it was an important subject for the children to be aware of and had earned North Street School the cup for the first time since 1987.
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