I really do not care if they have on a collar - I see them stalking game, and I get a chance - they is dead. Many people let their "kitty" out at night on purpose, to roam and hunt. :pissed: Maybe we should put a season on the those kitty owners, like $1,000 fine if you allow your cat to roam. The primary reason to lack of song birds in the US is cats, habitat loss is right behind it. In the Twin cities the lack of song birds is startling. A big metro area where the discharge of guns is verbotum. I remember reading about the WI cat controversy a while back--and a DNR report, if I remember correctly it said some like 400+ million birds are killed in WI alone by cats.
Most are song birds, but obviuosly some are waterfowl and upland hnting birds like pheasant and grouse, dove, etc..
It is really bad right now, we have had rather warm winters up here thus alot of cats survived the winters and are now multiplying like crazy. A hard winter will kill off 90% of the cats that are wild. I had friend with a cat door, and he had ferral cats coming into his house to eat and stay warm back in 96 which was a harsh winter. I told him what those cats do all year and he would not believe because he said he feeds them to no need for them to eat the birds ---- I says what do you think those cats live on the other 9 months of the year when they are not around? He started stammering and that point... as he knew I was right.
I have caught collared cats 1/4 mile from any homes with the trail run sets for Coon using Connibears body gripping traps, often I'd get over 5 cats a night when I had out 100+ traps out. Granted my target was Coon, but I knew those cats would not be killing anymorw ducks or pheasants either.
A good set up is a pile of cat food out behind the barn for about a week at beginning of the winter when snow is on the ground so you can see them easily, sit up in the loft and wait for them to appear and you can often get several cats with one shot. :mrgreen: Another good way is use a 220 Conibear trap with a bucket and tuna fish bait set in late fall. You never know if you are going to have a cat or a Coon in the trap. The above is used by a friend of mine to rid a couple of old abandoned farm steads on his farm of the critters.
So save a thousand birds-kill a cat