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Monday, April 24, 2006

Dueling masters on words:

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."

--William Faulkner, writer (1897-1962), on Ernest Hemingway, writer (1899-1961)

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"

--Ernest Hemingway, writer (1899-1961), on William Faulkner, writer (1897-1962)

On the trapper trail with the Aggie Cats

RELAX, BUDDY: Boo, a feral cat caught on the USU campus, awaits humanitarian aid. / Photo by Megan Sonderegger

Megan Sonderegger

March 24, 2006 | A black, short-haired cat with glowing yellow eyes peers out into the darkness, sheltered by the metal walls of a cage. The remnants of pink salmon are spilled over the bars and the cat, lured in by the food, flinches in fear as a flashlight is shined on him.

Wednesday's cat trapping trip was a success.

"I hate trapping them. They get really scared, and we have to hurry and put the cover on so they don't hurt themselves," said Shannon Jolley, a member of Aggie Cats.

The Aggie Cats humanitarian group has been operating for nearly a year, and members say it is successful. Aggie Cats have asked for help of any resident who is concerned with the growing population of feral cats and would like to help decrease its numbers in a humane way.

Jolley said cat trappings take place every few months and have lasted until 3 in the morning on some occasions. She said a total of 12 cages are used in the trapping, and each cage is set in a separate location with a small amount of dried food and salmon inside to lure the cats. Jolley said the cats are very attracted to strong-smelling foods and "the stinkier the smell the more they (the cats) love it."

The capture of Boo, the name given to this particular black feline, is recorded for the records. Boo is taken to a van where he will spend the night.

Boo, once a starving feral cat, now has an opportunity to be provided for while living a relatively comfortable life. Regular feedings, water sources and the spaying and neutering of cats to help prevent an increase in feral felines are the goals this humanitarian organization accomplishes with cats relating to Boo's lifestyle.

"I really wanted to help (the cats) out; they wander from the trailer park and they are always scratching at the door asking for food," said Sarah-Collenburney, a first-time trapper. She says she plans to continue to participate in the Aggie Cats organization because it is a good cause.



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