There is an interesting discussion over at the Round Table blog about feral cats.
M. Rupert Cutler, former president of the Defenders of Wildlife, takes the position that feral cats, who hunt for their own survival, are a danger to our eco-system, particularly to bird population and should be caught and euthanized.
Gretchen Tipps, a page designer here at The Roanoke Times, a famer in Bedford County and a personal friend of mine, argues that trap-neuter-release is an effective and more humane way to deal with feral colonies and that the cats are a great deterrent to the rodent population.
Both make some good points, and both have commenters supporting and opposing their positions.
Personally, I am a firm believer in keeping cats indoors for their own safety. I hate to see cats living wild. The feral cat situation is a man-made problem stemming directly from people not spaying and neutering pets, allowing house cats to roam freely and dumping unwanted litters to fend for themselves.
But wherever you place the original blame, here we are with colonies of feral cats who live a harsh existence.
What do you think the answer is to the feral cat problem? Is TNR a viable solution, or is it more humane to catch and euthanize the cats rather than let them die a more painful death facing the elements on their own?