|Originally posted by billchamb
Don't kill the messenger...
I'm glad you said that or I might have jumped you! :-)
The reporter brings up a good point about non-native species taking over natural wildlife. Yep, it's a shame that we have feral colonies and they take over native wildlife. But I would challenge the reporter to offer an alternative option - he couldn't. Tell that reporter not to criticize unless he has better ideas.
We would all love to not have to deal with feral colonies, but the reality is that they exist, and if all you do is kill them off, there will be countless others to take their place. The reporter forgot the point about the endless cycle of ferals out there.....
I think that the BEST thing that comes from the TNR program is public awareness. If this awareness makes 1 of 10 people neuter their pets where they would normally not do it, or makes 1 of 10 people take the time to adopt their pet rather than throwing them out, then it has made a difference.
In the meantime, I will continue to TNR my colony. I have gotten mine down from about 20 to 8 in the last few years. Small difference, yes, but a difference none the less.