WANTAGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The American Bird Conservancy claims that feral cats are ruining Jones Beach State Park on Long Island, and have demanded that state officials remove them.
As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, volunteers trek to Jones Beach daily with food and water in tow to feed and shelter the beach population of stray cats.
“They have their shots. They’ve been neutered,” said cat rescuer Stephanie Capuano. “We keep up with the ones that are sick. We track them. We take them to the vet.”
But the nonprofit bird conservancy said the cats have a lethal side effect. The organization claimed the cats are a threat to the piping plover, an endangered species.
“Cats have a very large home range — they can range up to three miles — and three miles from this location covers a lot of piping plover habitat,” conservation officer Glenn Phillips told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.