Greenwood: Please don't feed the animals

Greenwood residents face a choice: Take the cat in as a pet or stop leaving it food.

The city plans to ban the feeding of most wild animals as a way to discourage coyotes and foxes from roaming neighborhoods. The Greenwood City Council decided Monday to extend that feeding ban to include feral and stray cats and dogs.

Council members said coyotes would eat the same food as wild cats and that residents feed them without cleaning up after them. They said people should either give those wild cats a home or stop leaving them table scraps on the back porch.

Council member J. David Hopper also encouraged residents to stop feeding squirrels if their neighborhood is plagued by coyotes, which have been blamed for a series of recent pet attacks and disappearances. He said squirrels make easy meals for coyotes, and a resident told him coyotes moved on after he stopped leaving food out for squirrels.

“It’s just fattening them up,” he said.

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