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Feral Cat Control Inc.

Feral Cat Control Inc. strives to: Advance and maintain sustainable habitat and environmental conditions for native species, educate about critical concerns facing endangered animal populations and promote healthy, safe pet ownership. Promote the control of feral, non native, or overpopulated animal species in and around sensitive natural areas. Organize and educate in the rescue, relocation or adoption of both feral and domestic species.




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New Web Design

Feral Cat Control has a new look. Thanks to The talents and efforts of Desiree Porter our long outdated site has a fresh and vibrant appeal. Now it’s up to the Directors, Officers and Volunteers to do as much as possible to help keep natural the beautiful State of Florida.

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NPS Pig Policy

It’s been said that Feral Pigs eat anything they can catch. They can eat small game, bugs, eggs from birds and snakes and birds and snakes. They eat foliage, nuts and berries and some barks.

The one thing they eat a lot of are roots and tubers of some native species of plants and trees. This is where they enter the radar of wildlife and park area managers. In order for pigs to get to the roots they must dig up the surrounding area to get to the roots. That’s where the term “pig rootins” comes from. A number of pigs can turn up vast amounts of acreage in a relatively short period of time. Therefore if a pig population gets to big for an area the land and then the other wildlife can suffer. Or so the theory goes.

It is my belief that a pig population that is controlled could be a beneficial tool to use for the health of a lot of other animals. The “National Park Service” disagrees with that. Who is it that actually disagrees is an unknown. What we do agree with is that a normal control apparatus would come in the form of a hunting program. That’s close to heretical talk in Park Service terms. So we come to an impasse about how to control the wild pigs. And in this lies the real disagreement.

Even though hunting has long been an effective management tool the NPS doesn’t believe hunting should be allowed on “their” land. Who’s land it is is another issue for later. We do both agree that pigs will overpopulate without a control measure. We also agree that hunting could probably not eradicate all of the pigs. This begs the question, how has the pig population been controlled in Everglades National Park when there is a, or was a large healthy population on the lands surrounding the park? I don’t believe that pigs just didn’t like the park and therefore stayed out of it. I believe the Park Service has a control measure in place to eradicate the pigs. I also know that the overall mammal population in the park such as deer , rabbits, coons and the like are much lower in the park than in the surrounding areas where hunting is allowed.

What the park does to control animals it doesn’t want is ans unknown to me also. But i do know that the pigs have disappeared in the Big Cypress National Preserve just to the north of the Everglades National Park. The Park Service has been in charge of the preserve in recent years. Before them the FWC was in charge and they kept the pigs under control and thy also managed a very healthy deer herd. Now after the pigs are gone the deer are also disappearing at a very alarming rate. I know how this could be done and I suspect so does the Park Service. They may have an ulterior motive. For after the animals are gone so will be the hunters. And the Park Service can’t deny that would suit them just fine.

Since the health of the animals is a concern for many maybe it’s time for a few disassociated groups to think about joining up or at least sharing information. Namely the hunting population and PETA. An unlikely combination to be sure but who knows what could be discovered. I’m just saying…

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The Everglades has developed over time to form a majestic fragile ecosystem. This is a widely acknowledged common opinion. A lot of people, past and present, have spent and will spend time and money to exploit, preserve, enjoy and destroy the Everglades.  And so the opinions for the correct path to pursue in order to get the most and longest benefit from the Everglades are widely varied.

Every one seems to agree that one factor that is undeniable is that water is a vital aspect for the Everglades to survive. There is a growing competition for the water supply that has existed since people came to South Florida. There are other factors that are as vital for the health of the ecosystem. One of them is fire.

When we finally have enough water flowing consistently to the Everglades it will need to be able to get through. The ecosystem doesn’t rely just on water. It also needs drought in order to survive. The dry season plays a significant role to the health of the system. As the water dries up each year it allows for plants and animals to stabilize to sustainable numbers. It also allows for necessary new growth.

Sometimes water levels are too high or too low for periods of time. When water is high for too long the undergrowth begins to die and algae can grow on the underwater rotting vegetation. When the water is low for too long the vegetation can become overgrown. In either case there develops a barrier that can slow or prevent the water from flowing properly.

Nature has developed the best answer to prevent the overgrowth of vegetation and to maintain the health of the whole ecosystem. Fire is that answer. Not only do we need to maintain a healthy water flow but we also need to allow the Everglades to burn. That might sound a little harsh but that’s natures way.

There are fire suppression programs in place as well as controlled burn programs. I’m sure the correct amount of burn is a widely debated topic. Many factors must go into the decisions of what, when, and how much to burn. the health of the people in surrounding areas must also be a factor. How much burning is proper and can the Everglades handle it?

There are two points to consider that nullify most of the arguments that are used to restrict burning. When the sugar cane fields are burned they are burned entirely every year. That’s not a small amount of acreage. That’s a lot of acreage every year. The health of the surrounding people comes second to the money that’s generated from the sugar. If we can allow vast amounts of cane to burn every year for the benefit of a few then we can allow larger amounts of the glades to burn more frequently for the benefit of all.

The second point to consider is the controlling of a burn. When the glades burn naturally they burn vast areas frequently and totally. They can take it. Nature was burning the glades long before man decided he knew how to do it better. The only downside to this approach is that we have allowed combustibles to build up for so long by not allowing burning that the fires would be intense. This is proven yearly in California by the out of control fires there.

We can control the fires at first until some of the built up fuel is eliminated. But we must begin burning soon and frequently if we expect the Glades to return to a balanced thriving system.

The Everglades is part of the reason South Florida is such a nice area. In order to maintain it’s integrity we must let the water flow trough the river of grass and empty in the surrounding bays. For that to happen we must also let the Everglades burn.

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Diverse Florida

The State of Florida has some of the most diverse landscapes and ecosystems that can be found. Because of it’s growing population and swelling urban areas Florida is faced with many of the same challenges as other States as well as some unique ones also.

There are the obvious situations such as habitat destruction, pollution, water usage and road kills. But there are also some challenges that cannot be overlooked such as the management of many threatened and endangered species. Also, the myriad of cultural diversities is unmatched anywhere else in the world. Although this mixture of peoples and cultures can create a vivid and exciting place to live it also creates an intertwined set of challenges for individuals, businesses and local and state government as well.

With much of the focus centered around running the cities and urban areas sometimes the environment and animal life is left to fend for itself for awhile. This creates situations that are overlooked and become distressed until there is time and resources to manage them later.

Residents and tourists can easily see the effects of runaway vegetation all over South Florida, creating a monumental task to be cleaned up later. Thanks to the diligence and care of some officials the problem is kept under observation and some sort of control.

There are also many animals that can become quite a nuisance and a burden not only to native wildlife but also to humans. Sometimes the invasive animals can also be very threatening and dangerous. When an alligator gets to close to a populated area and begins being fed it can become quite deadly to small animals and even people. When this happens the alligator is usually removed to different place and even sometimes destroyed.

There are many situations that arise in the wild and in urban areas with many different species of exotic, invasive, feral, domestic and even native species. Feral Cat Control Inc will help to restore Florida to a natural native area when ever we are able to. We welcome your thoughts, opinions, suggestions and criticisms.

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