Controlling feral cats is a controversial subject for birders and wildlife advocates. Trap-neuter-release programs, habitat modification to exclude cats and euthanasia of overwhelming feral cat populations are all used to control too many stray and feral cats. Birders can use different methods to protect their backyard birds from cats, including changing how feeders and bird houses are positioned to make them less accessible to hunting cats.
Are feral cats an issue in your neighborhood? How do you keep them away from your feeders? Share your ideas in the comments!
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