This Opinion is special to the Mirror by Trapper Dan.
Aw, come on, give the Mayor a break. He knows that there is a problem because he is getting complaints. The problem is knowing what to do about feral cats. He should have gotten some advice before he said what he did.
Consider a middle ground. There are gardeners who don’t like what happens in their gardens or under their window late at night. Their cats are licensed, shots up to date, tagged, and not allowed to roam.
There are others who see themselves as on a divine mission to protect the cats and their way of life by feeding. They will happily boil huge amounts of chicken necks for them. They seek vengeance on anyone they perceive as interfering in their pursuit. They will vandalize your car, your boat, and throw rocks through your windows (remember Violent Viola?). Like feral cats, they are a breed apart. The cats are here, it is not possible for them not to be, but the problem can be mitigated. The middle ground is something called population dynamics. If enough breeders don’t breed, the numbers will go down in time.
This requires a low-key, sustained, and broadly applied cooperative effort.
Live trapping is legal on private property. Companion animals must be turned over to County Animal Control, Ask them to pick up and return the trap. Do not transport and release the animal elsewhere. Low-key suggests one trap hidden, such as as under a porch, out of sight, where it wont be rained on. Cats will find it. Chain it to something immovable. The best bait is a small amount of dry cat food in a small dish covered with a mesh so it can be reused. Do not try ry to remove the animal from the trap.
The more neighbors participating, the better. In time, a sustained and patient effort will show results.