Carbondale’s avian population took up considerable discussion time at this week’s meeting of the Board of Trustees, in the form of a citizen’s appeal for regulations to keep cats from roaming free and killing wild birds, and a new ordinance requiring residents to install electrified fencing to protect chickens from marauding bears.
Long time area resident Mary Harris, president of the Roaring Fork chapter of the Audubon Society, appeared during the citizen-comments portion of the meeting’s agenda to talk about the society’s ongoing campaign to convince cat owners to keep their felines under better control for the sake of local birds.
“It’s a huge, basically unrecognized problem,” she said of the annual death rate of wild birds killed by roaming, domesticated cats.
She maintained that cats, like dogs, must be controlled in order to prevent depredation of the local bird population.
And she showed a photo of her son, walking the family cat on a leash, saying, “It can be done.”
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