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Wis. Governor Rejects Cat-Hunting Idea
1 hour, 34 minutes ago U.S. National - AP
BY RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press Writer
MADISON, Wis. - A proposal to legalize the killing of
feral cats is not going to succeed, Gov. Jim Doyle
Wisconsin Residents Support Feral Cat Hunting
"I don't think Wisconsin should become known as a
state where we shoot cats," said Doyle, a Democrat who
neither hunts nor owns a cat. "What it does is sort of
hold us up as a state that everybody is kind of
laughing at right now."
He told reporters his office had received calls from
around the country denouncing a proposal adopted
Monday at meetings of the Wisconsin Conservation
Congress, a public advisory group, that would classify
wild, free-roaming cats as an unprotected species that
kills song birds and other wildlife.
Outdoor enthusiasts approved the proposal 6,830 to
5,201 at Monday's spring hearings of the group.
The results get forwarded to the state Natural
Resources Board for consideration, but any official
action would have to be passed by the Legislature and
signed by the governor.
Animal rights groups belittled the idea as inhumane
Doyle said he respects the Conservation Congress but
"on this one I think everybody recognizes it's not
Some experts estimate that 2 million wild cats roam
Wisconsin, and the state says studies show feral cats
kill 47 million to 139 million songbirds a year.
South Dakota and Minnesota both allow wild cats to be
Two state senators — Scott Fitzgerald and Neil Kedzie
— had promised to do everything they can to keep the
plan from becoming law.
Kedzie, who chairs the Natural Resources and
Transportation Committee, called the issue "a
distraction from the main tasks we have at hand."
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