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Human society and police break up feral cat colony in Wausau


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – A colony of feral cats on Wausau's east side may be dispersing soon thanks to work by the Wausau police department and the Marathon County Humane Society.

The move comes after a number of complaints from the 3rd Ward over a house on Plumer Street that had a number of feral cats living in and around the property. While the city council is still working out a new ordinance on the problem of ferals, the Humane Society and the police department got to work to help break up that colony.

Public health and safety chair Lisa Rasmussen says police department couldn't take care of the cats on their own. “What we had was someone feeding and harboring them in an open garage for a year.” Estimates put the number at 20 animals in total. In the past two months, workers from the humane society have been laying out live traps for the animals and managed to catch nine of them.

The woman harboring the cats has since been convinced to stop feeding them and to close up her garage. Rasmussen says that could prompt the cats to move to other areas and disperse.

Work still continues on an ordinance against harboring feral cats.