The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said an advisory poll conducted in all of the state's counties Monday evening found 6,380 residents in favor and 5,201 opposed to declaring domestic cats gone wild an "unprotected species" and open to being shot by licensed small arms hunters -- just like skunks and raccoons.
At its annual meeting next month, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress will review the poll before advising the state on whether it thinks Smith's proposal should be forwarded to state conservation officials, who would then decide whether to ask the state legislature to make it law.
The author of the proposal (who says he and his family have been threatened by cat lovers) defends his position in this Lacrosse Tribune article.
The Wisconsin DNR says it "is concerned about the impact free-roaming domestic cats have on the natural landscape, but is not convinced that the proposal before the Conservation Congress is an effective means of dealing with those impacts and is concerned that the proposal would create the potential for significant conflicts and problems."
There are still lots of steps before feral cats become an unprotected species in Wisconsin, and the Don't Shoot the Cat people vow to fight it all the way.
ACE is thinking it will never happen.
CNN reports South Dakota and Minnesota already allow the shooting of wild cats.