Woman Mauled by Feral Cats

A pack of feral cats attacked a woman in France—and managed to pierce an artery in doing so.

I’ve made my feelings known regarding feral cats (FYI: I hate ’em), but my disdain is related to their impact on birds. I never suspected they’d attack a human being.

But, as reported by The Independent, a 31-year-old woman was walking her dog in eastern France when six feral cats pounced.

“The cats jumped on my daughter and managed to knock her over,” said Josette Galliot, mother of the victim. “They bit her on the leg and on her arms. They even pierced an artery.”


Apparently France has a severe cat problem, to say the least. The Independent reports that 8,000 feral cats are born in the country every single day. Almost makes feral hogs sound downright hospitable.

Is there a solution? Not a politically correct one, but can we not at the very least ensure that house cats are kept in the house?

"We have long accepted the fact that you can't let your dog run free,” said Stanley Temple, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor emeritus in conservation. “And yet cat owners seem to take offense at the idea that they would be asked to keep their cats indoors.”

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5 Responses to Woman Mauled by Feral Cats

Carl Buschner wrote:
August 20, 2013

Perhaps I should elaborate - the colonies of which I know are on the waterfront where rats putnumber songbirds many times over. We also participate in TNR - Trap, Neuter, Release. This reduces numbers by attrition - my little colony has gone from over twenty to two with no kittens in seven years. The source of the problem has been people abandoning cats. There are also coyotes in the Park which decimate the rabbits and wild turkeys but not the cats safe in the rocks. Someone please point me to one of these, (preferably peer reviewed,) studies. The Audubon Society wants to do one here.

Kyle Wintersteen wrote:
August 20, 2013

Carl, Thanks for reading, but I strongly encourage you to quit feeding the feral cats. Studies show that even well-fed felines take a harsh toll on songbirds as well as upland species.

Raymond wrote:
August 20, 2013

If you think feral cats have no impact on songbirds/gamebirds you are obviously visiting us from LaLa land! After just a couple of natural enemys the feral cat does the most damage to nesting birds in all catagories!

Carl Buschner wrote:
August 20, 2013

It must have had something to do with France. I feed feral cats and they are so shy that it took three years for most of the colony to eat in front of me. They have little impact on songbirds but a big impact on rats. Oh, Yeah, I've been a hunter for more than fifty years.

C. Smallhouse wrote:
August 19, 2013

Letting house cats outside, is not a problem here, as they soon become coyote bait. Feral cats are targets for my .410