Friday, May 07, 2010

Army Corps Impatient at Lake Lanier

After agreeing to work with the Humane Society of Forsyth County and the Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Army Corps has changed its mind. The cats are now being trapped and removed. I don’t think the Army Corps (and others) realizes that TNR is a process and the cats cannot ALL be trapped “over night” nor the situation "immediately" dealt with. TNR is a long-term management plan; it takes time to TNR a colony of cats.

According to an Atlanta newspaper, the Army Corps has trapped and removed 30 cats so far with another 25 cats remaining. It goes on to say that the cats are being relocated to an "isolated property." Again, an Operations Manager says the cats are a threat to wildlife and cause health concerns to visitors of the park.

Yes, this seems like a good plan…relocate the cats to a private property, but this is only temporary. It is only a matter of time before more cats quickly move in to fill the vacated area. The Army Corps will be back out there trapping and removing again…with this private property filling up. Instead the cats should be returned to the area to keep other cats out by their presence.

Please contact the Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Lanier and tell them TNR is a more realistic method of managing the feral cats.

Lake Sidney Lanier
Corps of Engineers
Attn: Mr. Tim Rainy
PO Box 567
Buford, GA 30515

Phone: 770-945-9531

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