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Humane society director says new spay-neuter policy toward cats needs to be tried

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The cat population in La Crosse has gotten out of hand, according to the director of the Coulee Region Humane Society. That’s why a new proposal to limit cat numbers is before the city council.

Heather Drievold, the Humane Society executive director, said the existing practice needs to be replaced.

“We’ve been doing the trap-neuter-removal for the last 30 years,” Drievold said Thursday on La Crosse Talk with Mike Hayes. “It’s not working. We have more cats ever coming in, more kittens coming in, more pregnant cats coming in.”

Drievold says having the “community cats” spayed and neutered without being euthanized could help the animals socialize, and reduce their urge to hunt and kill other animals.

New rules on regulating cats are being considered by the La Crosse city council, with a vote possible next week.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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