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Feral cats causing problems for people living near Vista Hills Country Club

Feral cats near Vista Hills Country Club (CBS4/KFOX14)

Some neighbors living near the Vista Hills Country Club in east El Paso say stray cats are taking over the area and causing problems.

Dozens of feral cats live in a ravine on Billy Casper Drive, near the country club.

But people that live on the street say the amount of cats has become problematic, and they’re not getting help from the city.

“Over the years, I've caught about 18 and taken them to the Humane Society because the cats themselves are very destructive, not only in gardens but even our cars,” said neighbor George Gomez.

Gomez said he’s tried to take matters into his own hands.

“I've personally bought my own cage, and caught them, and called animal control, they come pick them up, take them,” he said.

He said he’s called the city and Animal Services, but the cat population remains the same.

“I don't think it's fair to us. I'm not sure what the solution is,” Gomez said.

The CBS4 Problem Solvers reached out to the city of El Paso.

“We go and we will trap them, but we will spay/neuter them, give them a rabies vaccine, and then later rerelease them to their neighborhood,” said spokesperson Ramon Herrera.

He told CBS4 the city will continue to go to the neighborhood and assess the situation to determine if the number of cats is within reason.

“In this case, we have to see what truly is the number. You mentioned you could go at one time of the day you'll see a different number in the population than what you'll see at another time of the day,” Herrera said.

The city said they work with Sun City Cats, an organization that makes sure feral cat communities are controlled and don’t become a nuisance.

That is what they are doing with the situation on Billy Casper Drive.

At that point, feral cat populations are referred to as ‘community cats’.

Some neighbors have been feeding the cats at certain times-; Herrera says that is okay and encouraged by Animal Services/Sun City Cats, as long as it occurs during set times throughout the day.

For more information on how to handle feral cats, you can call 915-212-8719.

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