Dealing with feral cats in Mesa County

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Let the cats roam the streets!

One Western Slope rescue agency advises Grand Valley residents to let nature take care of our feline troubles.

Feral cats are a growing concern all over Mesa County and the answer to our worries may be to do absolutely nothing.

The Roice Hurst Human Society has been working in conjunction with organizations like CLAWS and the Mesa County Animal Services to educate the public on how to combat the issue of feral cats.

Experts from animal agencies agree that letting nature run its course through life cycles and predator activity reduces feral cat populations without our own human interference.

“Just leave them be, they're more afraid of you than you are of them, and again, unless you corner them or threaten them, they will leave you alone,” says Chris George of the Roice Hurst Humane Society.

Feral cats pose no health risks to humans unless you're scratched or bitten.

The humane society does not work to bring in full grown cats to its shelter but it will accept feral kittens in need.

There are roughly 1500 feral cats in Mesa County during the summer months and that number greatly decreases during the colder weather.

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