Niagara River island near Buffalo overrun by cats

Created: 07/31/2014 9:36 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

A small island in the Niagara River has a big cat problem thanks to people who have abandoned felines there over the years.

WIVB-TV reports that estimates of the number of cats on Tonawanda Island run into the hundreds.

Mike Charnock owns a marina and restaurant on the 85-acre island located in Niagara County, just north of Buffalo. He says the cats are making a mess of the island, and even have gotten onto some of the boats at his marina.

Danielle Coogan has launched Operation Island Cats to stem the growing cat problem. She's trapping cats and having them spayed or neutered by veterinarians.

In the last 10 days, she has trapped 10 cats. Kittens will be put up for adoptions, but adult cats will be returned to the island.

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