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Feral Cats Run Wild in Upstate Neighborhood

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All it takes is one lap around this Easley neighborhood and you're bound to see a feral cat. All it takes is one lap around this Easley neighborhood and you're bound to see a feral cat.

Families in an Easley neighborhood say unwanted furry friends are running wild and causing trouble.

Clint Freeman wakes up every morning to find evidence on the hood of his car.

“You can kind of see little prints here," said Freeman.

All it takes is one lap around his neighborhood and you're bound to see at least one feral cat.

“My dogs just start going crazy and I come outside and the cats are here."

You can find them darting across streets, lounging in backyards and on porches.

“You try to keep your neighborhood clean and cats get in your trash and trash is everywhere. That's a problem,” said Freeman.

Several neighbors have called animal control to come out and set traps. You can also pick up traps yourself.

In Pickens and Greenville Counties, those cats are evaluated and either adopted out or, more frequently, euthanized.

Spartanburg does it differently. The city got a $38,000 grant this year for its “TNR,” or "Trap, Neuter, Release" program. Since then, it's treated almost 700 feral cats.

Steve Lamb, the head of the program, said it's cheaper for taxpayers in the long run because their kittens won't have to be euthanized.

As for this Easley neighborhood's persistent cat issue, one thing keeping the cats around is they've got a consistent food source. Easley Police said one neighbor is feeding the feral cats. There's nothing in the animal ordinance that forbids it.

Freeman said he’s worried for his young daughter's safety because the roaming cats may carry diseases like rabies.

“My fear would be that we'd be outside playing and she doesn't know any better. And obviously the cats are wild,” said Freeman.

Lamb said cats can reproduce up to four times a year. So if your neighborhood has a wild feline problem now, it's likely to multiply over time.

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