Utah Bill Would Allow Shooting of Feral Animals

Utah state Rep. Curt Oda has introduced legislation that would permit "the humane shooting or killing of an animal if the person doing the shooting or killing has a reasonable belief that the animal is a feral animal."

The usual "animal rights" groups are trying to raise fears that the bill would cause pets to be mistaken for feral animals. I don't buy that argument. Those who've encountered feral dogs or cats have experienced the palpable difference.

Now, I am a dog lover, but not to the extent that it overwhelms my sense of public safety or wildlife conservation. Fact is, feral dogs are a dangerous, unnatural predator and, unfortunately, I do not know of a practical, non-lethal solution to the risks they pose.

As for felines, I have already made my feelings known regarding the effect of feral cats on bird populations.

What do you think?



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1 Response to Utah Bill Would Allow Shooting of Feral Animals

Kevin Wheeler wrote:
January 31, 2011

It's been legal to shoot feral cats in Wyoming for quite a while. But they have to be outside of town/city limits. I agree with Kyle. Feral animals are dangerous and need to be eliminated.