- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Feral cats that have been neutered, vaccinated and fitted with a GPS chip are helping to maintain the rodent population in Sacramento County.

The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1MPc5lH ) that Sacramento County’s Bradshaw Animal Shelter offers free feral cats to business, barns, families and farms with rodent problems.

Shelter spokeswoman Kimberly Nava says the program provides families a cheaper alternative to the cost of wiring repairs and harmful rodent killers. It also saves the lives of cats that might otherwise be euthanized.

While the felines may be good at tackling rodent problems, wildlife specialist at UC Davis, Roger Baldwin, says the cats pose a danger to native wildlife, particularly bird species.

Nava says the feral cats cannot be domesticated, but they can grow to develop good relationships with people.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com

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