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Yukon ordinance restricts feral cat feeding

by Matt Patterson Modified: April 13, 2013 at 8:13 pm •  Published: April 14, 2013
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/articleid/3786055/1/pictures/2012287">Photo - A pair of feral cats are near a colony at Lake Hefner. In Yukon, the city council recently passed an ordinance restricting the feeding of feral cats inside city limits.  Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
A pair of feral cats are near a colony at Lake Hefner. In Yukon, the city council recently passed an ordinance restricting the feeding of feral cats inside city limits. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Landsberger said her group held four public meetings at the Yukon Police Department to work with the city to find a solution but she said only one council member attended those meetings.

“They never attended a meeting to see what we were trying to do,” he said. “I don't know how you make a decision on something when you don't have any information about it. You don't spend money to repair a road without ever having seen it. Looking back, we should have known which way they were going to vote.”

Landsberger said the group has obtained permission from some property owners to feed the cats but often those who own neighboring properties have objected.

Bottom said he hasn't heard many complaints from residents about the new law. He said he had received two emails and one phone call, and two of those who contacted him didn't live in Yukon.

“We haven't had a lot of complaints about it,” he said. “I think our council is representative of our population as a whole. We believe this is what the people want and that it is fair to property owners who don't want cats on their property being fed.”

Landsberger said about 15 people have helped with the feeding in recent months. She said the group would work with others to feed the cats within the new law.

“I believe these animals are God's creatures and that if we can take care of them we should,” she said. “I just wish we weren't being penalized for wanting to help.”

by Matt Patterson
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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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