It’s official: The United States is a country of cat lovers, with more cats in our homes today than dogs. But for every pet cat curling up in our laps, there’s another one roaming our alleyways, parks and lots of other places around the country. Many of them are feral: wild animals that avoid human contact.
The question of how to best control these cats is sparking a lot of controversy. Conservation groups say the cats are invasive predators that are decimating native wildlife. They want the cats rounded up and taken to animal shelters, where the vast majority of them will be euthanized. But animal rights activists want to save these cats, and they say they’ve developed a method to control the cat population that’s both humane and effective – and their message is catching on. Reveal examines what this cat fight is all about.
This story was produced with the PBS NewsHour.