Lionhearts TNR Director James Tieman gives a clinic on how to humanely trap wild cats during a Granite Shoals Feral Cat Advisory Committee event at the Granite Shoals Airport. Staff photo by Dakota Morrissiey
Twenty-one volunteers showed up for a trap-neuter-release cat management clinic in Granite Shoals on Monday, Feb. 5. The city’s newly formed Feral Cat Advisory Committee hosted the event in the aftermath of a cat-killing discussion by a different committee that turned the town upside down late last year.
The growing population of wild cats in Granite Shoals became a flashpoint for community activism in December, when a recording of a public meeting on how to handle feral felines was shared online. The recording included an in-depth discussion between the city’s Wildlife Advisory Committee and then-City Manager Peggy Smith on lethal management of the animals, including whether to trap and shoot multiple cats and how to handle mass burials.
Lionhearts TNR was one of several cat advocacy groups to offer help. Director James Tieman conducted the trap-neuter-release workshop on Monday at the Granite Shoals Airport to get the new committee started on its mission.
“The volunteers needed a good orientation on how to use traps,” Tieman told DailyTrib.com before the presentation. “My goal today is to teach as many people as we can how to do TNR and how to use a trap properly.”
Volunteers will be trained to set traps, transport cats to veterinary appointments, make sure they recover from their spaying or neutering operations, and release them back at the proper location.
According to Tieman, and many animal rights organizations, the TNR method is effective in keeping the wild cat population down. The cats are also vaccinated in the process. One ear is clipped so the animals can be easily identified as having already undergone the TNR process.