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Galveston Cat Fight: Bird Lovers and Cat Lovers Square Off

Galveston Island is 30 miles long and is home to about 50,000 residents, but that still doesn’t mean some of the island’s newest residents have room to stretch out and live in peace. We’re talking unwanted visitors of the four-legged kind — namely feral cats — who just happen to prey on the island’s abundance […]

Galveston Island is 30 miles long and is home to about 50,000 residents, but that still doesn't mean some of the island’s newest residents have room to stretch out and live in peace. We're talking unwanted visitors of the four-legged kind — namely feral cats — who just happen to prey on the island's abundance of migratory birds.

The issue has the island divided: bird watchers versus stray cat lovers. And though the city council just passed a new ordinance to deal with the out-of-control feral cat population, producer Paige Phelps found it's a bit of an uneasy peace.

MORE: Kill the Cat That Kills the Bird? (New York Times, Dec. 2, 2007)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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