Brigham Young University is asking the Provo Municipal Council to consider an ordinance change that will allow students to trap pesky feral cats roaming the campus, put radio transmitter collars on them and track them as a study project.
According to Thomas Smith, BYU's representative at a Tuesday Council work session, "feral cats are all over the state. We've seen 100 to 200 on campus. There were 28 in the stadium. At the ASB [Abraham Smoot Building] they are sunning themselves on the window ledges."
He said students are feeding them and they even saw one the other day eating a sucker. Because ferals are considered a nuisance animal, the ordinance must be changed for the students to trap them and harbor them. The students are even willing to spay and neuter the cats to help stabilize the population.
Thomas warned the council that these cats, unless attached to humans at birth, are considered wild, similar to a bobcat. Council members intrigued with the research and the possibilities of maintaining or lowering the feral population voted to put the proposal on the Aug. 17 council meeting. At that time changes to the ordinance will be prepared for a vote.