RingCentral Coliseum home of Oakland A… erm… dozens of feral cats? How do officials plan to address cat failure?

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) – Baseball season may be on its way, but on the Oakland Coliseum’s field, you’ll find someone who isn’t an A-team player having a game day on the field.

In recent months, the stadium complex has been taken over by between 50 and 100 feral cats.

“Our focus is on trying to help stabilize that population,” said Ann Dunn, Oakland Animal Services Director.

Dunn said the complex has had problems with a variety of animals over the years.

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One of the biggest problems is the large amount of food available on the site.

“The more food you have, the bigger the litter your cat will have,” says Dunn. So limit feedings as much as possible.

To solve the problem, the plan is to capture the cats and then kill them before releasing them back into the premise.

For the kittens they encounter, Dunn said, the ultimate goal is to adopt them. However, for adults, it will likely be a different story.

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Given that they’ve been living in the wild and their extremely healthy lives, Dunn says the adults don’t socialize and don’t make good pets.
“Our expectation from experience is that most of these cats will have no interest in people,” says Dunn.

But for kids, that adoption process can be easier than you think, said Henry Gardner, CEO of the Coliseum Authority.

“We are even looking at maybe having some kind of kitten adoption program,” he said.

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Dunn said the entire process can take up to six months to complete.

So for now, the game of cat and mouse continues.

“It’s a complicated situation, but those cats are out there and it’s their home. So maybe leaving them there is the goal,” Dunn said.


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