ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish sent Mayor RIchard Berry a letter encouraging him to discontinue the city's support of Trap-Neuter-Return.
The city of Albuquerque's Animal Welfare Department has been supporting TNR programs since 2008.
"Street cats are gathered up and they're spayed and neutered and returned in order to stabilize the population," Ludwick said.
In an interview Wednesday afternoon, Ludwick told News 13 the program has been a big success in neighborhoods across the city.
"It is a mainstream approach used through the U.S. to help control and limit the street cat populations," said Ludwick.
The Department of Game and Fish argues otherwise, citing its own research.
"It shows that they don't stabilize and that they continue to grow. That would mean that there would be an increased number of feral cats," said Game and Fish Spokesperson Rachel Shockley.
The department said it was contacted by someone who was concerned about the impact on wildlife near feeding stations setup for feral or stray cats.
When Game and Fish investigated, it found cats swarming those stations.
"What that means for native wildlife is that there's an increased probability that a feral cat would try to kill or eat or harm or injure native creatures," Shockley said.
Something Shockley said is already happening is an increase in cat-inflicted injured animals being taken to wildlife centers.
In addition, Shockley said the cats can out-compete native species like foxes for food.
News 13 asked Ludwick if he has seen any research that would support what Game and Fish cited in its letter to the city, to which he replied, "No."
In fact, Ludwick said the city's support of TNR programs has played a part in lowering the euthanasia rate at city shelters and they do not plan on stopping that support anytime soon.
"We intend to follow the advice of nationally recognized experts such as the Humane Society and the ASPCA plus numerous others and continue as we have been," Ludwick said.
Game and Fish has no authority over what the city does with the stray cat population.
Shockley told News 13 the point of the letter was merely to start a conversation and make people aware of how feral cats can impact native wildlife.
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