More letters to the Editorby Tucson Citizen on Jun. 28, 2007, under Opinion
Extra steps to protect kids while camping
Re: the June 20 article “Grandfather blames feds for fatal black-bear attack”:
A similar case occurred in Utah in July. Protect your children.
When tent camping in bear country, put your gear against the outside tent wall, adults next to the gear and kids in the center of the tent.
Bears approaching tents at night will sniff and smell, reach out with a paw to touch the tent, and then, if nothing bad happens, they’ll bite whatever happens to be bulging against the wall of the tent.
You don’t want that bulge to be your child’s arm or leg.
When hiking with kids, put an adult at the front and end of the line. If you bump into a nearby bear and it charges, you want an adult in front, not a kid.
Cougars will follow groups, carefully select their prey and pluck off stragglers.
You don’t want a kid at the end of the line. Sandwich kids in the middle where they’re safer.
Trap-neuter-release hurts more than helps
Re: the June 14 article “Population boom hits local animal shelters”:
Trap-neuter-release has not been proven to reduce the number of feral cats through attrition.
Colonies tend to grow, since not every cat can be trapped and those that remain are fed and better able to breed.
Neighborhood cats find the food source, and irresponsible owners dump their cats into colonies. Trap-neuter-release is based on perpetual colony maintenance.
Feral cats are not wild; their home is not outdoors. Releasing pets to live and die in the wild is neither ethical nor compassionate. Many adult feral cats can be socialized and adopted.
Euthanasia, as a last resort, is a more humane outcome. Trap-and-remove has been proven to work when the food source is also removed.
These colonies pose a public health risk. The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians has said that there is no evidence that colony management programs will reduce diseases. Trap-neuter-release is environmentally irresponsible.
Any free-roaming cat poses a serious risk to native wildlife, already struggling to survive.
Well-fed cats hunt and can further compromise threatened and endangered species.
Releasing these non-native predators is just one more way humans degrade habitat.
For more information, go to www.TNRrealitycheck.com.
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