Want to help our feral cats? Give R.P . a call

January 19, 2018
By Marcy Shortuse

To the Editor:
My name is R.P. Warner, I am a volunteer as a Lighthouse Ambassador and a docent in Boca Grande. I’m concerned about recent reports that that I am hearing of a growing feral cat population – especially around some of the dumpsters. I am a retired cat behaviorist and have worked at the Out Of Africa Wildlife Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona in various capacities for several years.
Now I am currently volunteering at the Big Cat Rescue Center in Sarasota. Let’s face it: Our feral cats and indigenous wildlife are literally a captive audience! Our wild birds and baby turtles are easy prey.
Don’t get me wrong, I have always loved cats of all sizes and shapes but I am also aware that growing feral cat populations are a real threat to our delicate ecosystems on the island (there are some reports already on line suggesting that Irma may have already wiped out as much as a quarter of of the total population of nesting sea turtles).
Let’s put our heads together to try figure out a humane solution for this important issue. If anyone is interested in meeting to discuss, please call (941) 406 6884 and leave a message.
Thank you.
R.P. Warner
Boca Grande