Wichita considers resolution to protect stray and feral cats

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Stray cats in Wichita might someday have their own communities.

Wichita's animal advisory board on Wednesday discussed regulations that would encourage residents to trap, sterilize, vaccinate and release stray cats on their property.

The Wichita Eagle reports the "community cats" would have a notch cut in their ears. No one would be allowed to capture or euthanize them at the city animal shelter unless the cats bite someone or cause a public nuisance.

Katie Barnett, representing the Best Friends Animal Society, said she's helped organized similar regulations in Kansas City, Kansas, Lawrence and other cities.

Opponents of the plan told the board that feral cats will kill other animals, such as snakes and birds.

The city council will have final word on the proposed ordinance.