We have just been informed of the "capture" of one of our fur family who was stolen last May. He was found by the Feral Cat Project, the group that does the TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) program on the west side and taken to the vet in Kalaheo!
We live on the East side, how else could he get to the west side unless he was stolen? Also, as he was born with one blind eye, had he been taken to the pound, he would have been put down. Thank God the vet checked for his chip. It seems not all feral are ferals' but stolen pets some neighbor didn't like.
There is another truth that needs to be addressed, the fallacy of fed feral cats being a threat to endangered bird population. Fed cats may play with and kill rats and mice however seldom, if ever, bother birds because they are too much trouble and they are getting free meals means they don't have the need to hunt birds.
What about cats in endangered bird areas? Trap, neuter then release to an established colony away from endangered nesting areas. It would work.
Then you have those irresponsible people who do not or will not spay/neuter their cats therefore dumping unwanted kittens to fend for themselves or die. These people should be heavily fined and face jail time. Killing the ferals' is not the answer, managing colonies is.