Jasper Wal-Mart Battles Feral Cat Invasion

Published 07/13 2014 06:45PM

Updated 07/13 2014 06:51PM

The Wal-Mart in Jasper, Indiana has some unwelcome guests.

Nearly forty feral cats have invaded the area. Now, the store is reaching out for help, hoping to end this feline frenzy.

Sports fans in Jasper are used to rooting for their town mascot, the 'Jasper Wildcats.'

These are a different kind of wild cat, and they are becoming a major problem to people in the area.

There's a problem lurking in these woods.

"I thought that they were helping Wal-Mart with mice, maybe? I wasn't sure," says Dara Salamone.

A colony of nearly forty wild, feral cats call this green space near the Wal-Mart parking lot in Jasper, home.

"I know that if you park back here, it gives them a cool place to sit. They will come out underneath your car, and when you come back out, there will be five or six of them under your vehicle."

Dara Salamone says the cats are catching a lot of attention from shoppers and people in the area.

Wal-Mart employees say they're desperate to get the feline frenzy, under control.

"I just wish someone would do something about it," says Salamone.

"What you do with feral cats is, you try to manage the colony," says Mary Saalman.

Mary Saalman, with the Dubois County Humane Society says they are working together with Wal-Mart, putting a plan in place.

"The plan is that we get controlled feedings here every week, so that we get the cats used to coming back. The plan is to trap them," says Saalman.

Saalman says the cats show up around six every evening for feeding time, but she says they cannot trap them until they find a place to send the cats.

"We cant do anything until we have a place to take them," says Saalman.

Saalman says these are not your typical house cats. They cannot be adopted. They must be taken to a farm or large open space to live.

"They can never be tamed. Even the little kittens, they are already feraled. You would have to get a kitten at like four weeks to tame it. These guys will have to live their life in the wild," says Saalman.

Even off-duty officers have stepped in, making sure no one interferes with the humane society's plan.

Problem solved. Well, not so fast. Saalman says when it comes to feral cats, they could be a problem for years to come.

"Research shows that once this colony is removed, there's going to be more waiting to come in."

The humane society asks you do not feed the cats, it will interfere with their plan.

If you have a large space (like a farm) and would like to own the cats - contact the Dubois County Humane Society (812) 482-7387.



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