2012-09-27 / Front Page

No feral cats at Fort Wetherill

After three days of trapping at Fort Wetherill, only one lone skunk found itself captured by the Jamestown Police Department in its ploy to cage feral cats.

Last week Police Chief Ed Mello was advised by the state Department of Environmental Management to set three traps at the park in an attempt to catch any wild cats that may be living in a colony there. The advice from state officials came on the heels of a kitten dying of rabies earlier this month after it was found injured at Fort Wetherill. The kitten was found at the park on Aug. 10, taken to a local veterinary hospital, and then died shortly after being adopted by a Jamestown family. State officials believed that other felines living in the area may have contracted rabies.

With no feral cats having been trapped over the course of 72 hours, Mello believes that there are no threatening felines currently living at Fort Wetherill. A rabies clinic will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to noon at the fire station. All island dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated.

The skunk, which was unharmed, was released back into the park.

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