Genesee County tries to fix feral cat problem

A Michigan county is searching for solutions to its feral cat problem.

Genesee County hopes to control free-roaming cat populations by establishing a program to catch, neuter and release the animals. Officials will meet Monday in Burton to discuss the issue and seek funding.

Some residents have already taken matters into their own hands.

One animal advocate visits vacant backyards occupied by feral cats to give them food and water. She has also taken several animals to the Michigan Humane Society in Detroit, where they can be spayed for free.

Previous ideas explored by the city of Burton included the requirement of cat licensing and the creation of feral cat colonies.