'Snowball' Twitter account pokes fun at Rep. Oda's feral animals bill

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  • Lyle Springville, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    Regarding the guy in Parowan who "went hunting pet animals with a rifle in other people's yards"

    He is very lucky to be alive. Many people would react to an unknown person in their back yard, shooting at pets or anything else, by putting a bullet in his head.

    I don't think Oda's bill would make shooting feral animals legal where shooting is not already legal. I can imagine the havoc.

  • jpckoala cossayuna, ny
    Jan. 30, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    I'm sorry to see that Utah's Oda is a gun-toting advocate. I, for one, have tamed a number of feral cats that are family pets now. It takes love and patience and is well worth it. Feral cats are born ion the "wild": they are not house pets. Their parents may have been abandoned and as strays, reproduced. The off-spring are then called feral cats. Shooting them presents many problems. The cats not shot will continue to breed more feral kittens and the cycle will never end. Killing is not an answer--it's just a band-aid to the issue. I pray that Oda does not succeed and the good people of Utah use their God-given common sense! Look into Best Friends in Kanab, Ut.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    Wow! DN discovers this parade called social media and is rushing to get in front of it. Do I hear the death rattle of old media?

  • Cedarite Cedar City, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 10:01 a.m.

    My2cents, in thread after thread you have accuse "animal lovers" of putting their pets in the wild to create packs to threaten farmers. Actual animal lovers are far less likely to dump their pet in the wild. The type of people who think it's a good idea to club or decapitate the neighbor's puddy because it might hurt their backyard chicken, however, is the type of person who is far more likely to dump their pets in the wild when they no0 longer want them.

  • Cedarite Cedar City, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 9:57 a.m.

    Cougarnate, a guy in Parowan last year went and shot a chocolate lab and a number of other dogs after he found a paw print near his unhurt sheep. He shot the dog in front of the children who had been playing with it, an adult had to yell to the children to hit the ground during the shooting. This man went through town swearing to kill all dogs that were off leash, claiming that as a sheep owner it was his right. It's a town, he went hunting pet animals with a rifle in other people's yards. Some locals cheered him on because he was mostly gunning down the pets of newcomers, who "needed to learn a lesson" about the "importance" of "sheep raising heritage." The problem is shooting what a "reasonable" person deems feral. We have so many bizarre and completely unreasonable and unstable people down here that no one trusts nuts like the Parowan pet hunter to safely make that decision.

    Jan. 29, 2011 9:40 a.m.

    I live in Wyoming, where there is a very big problem with ferel cats. We are allowed to shoot a ferel animal on sight. We have the wide open spaces, ans ferel dogs & cats kill live stock & chickens. I had a dog that got involved with ferel dogs & they were killing sheep. We had to pen him up. He got out however & was shot & killed by a rancher. As a child I was sad, but now I understand my dog was destroying people's livelyhood, he had to be killed, because once an animal kills,they won't stop. Utah has some farms & those people should be able to protect their way of life. Ferel animals do not make good pets, so they need to be destroyed!!!!!

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    With everybody shooting feral cats, who cleans up the remains?

    Each Utah town of any size will soon need a feral cat dump.

    Since the cats live on the streets and not in the wilds, what happens to the ricocheting bullets when citizens prove poor marksmen?

    Will passing this bill necessitate thousands more concealed weapon permits.

    Hope no one takes these comments as too serious. .)

    Really though, can't Mr Oda find some other worthy cause?

    At least he's making making a name for himself in the annals of the Utah legislature for decades to come.

  • danaslc Kearns, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    No shooting in city limits unless it is a cat? Does the shooter first ask the cat if it is a Feral? When the Feral takes off do you just keep shooting until you get it? This law is insane. We know Feral cats can be dangerous. We know they are wild. This is not the wild, wild west where you just pull out a gun and start shooting within city limits. The Humane Society has cages you can get to trap them. Whats next Oda? Is it just the cats you don't like?

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 6:02 a.m.

    All joking aside, this bill is for all feral animals released by animal lovers in the wild to create this problem. Animal lovers are the ones responsible for this bill to clean up their mess.

    Though cats are limited to the size of farm animal they can attack, they do like chickens, there eggs, many other small domestic farm food animals. Weasels and cats have the same dinner menu so take a shot.

    The biggest problem is dogs turned lose by animal lovers on the ranges where cattle, sheep, and other large wild life like deer, elk, buffalo, etc. live. Dogs are pack animals and do a lot of damage.

    Notice I said nothing about city dwellers that are harder to control. But all you animal lovers are the ones who are the problem, not the farmer defending his herd from your dogs attacking and eating his lively hood.

  • kingtuf Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 1:10 a.m.

    So how do we tell a feral cat from a wondering house pet? Just shoot first and then find out later maybe.
    Or the state Fish and Game could establish a season
    and sell a license. No point in having a gun if you
    can't shoot something. I think its a bad idea and
    certainly inhumane. Hasn't the state legislature
    got better issues to address?

    kingtuf - Spanish Fork

  • HavartiWhiz Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 12:42 a.m.

    Why all the Twitter stories?! First a story about Jimmer's Big Night now one about this? Give me a break!

  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    Jan. 28, 2011 11:26 p.m.

    My feral cat's name IS... Target.

  • XelaDave Salem, UT
    Jan. 28, 2011 12:14 p.m.

    Idea- use the new state gun to rid yourself of feral animals- promtes economic development as well- sales of guns and ammo- both bills are a winner for the state- especially in the national media