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National Park Service proposes plan to remove cats from Old San Juan

A stray cat rests on a statue in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. Cats have long walked through the cobblestone streets of Puerto Rico's historic district, stopping for the occasional pat on the head as delighted tourists and residents snap pictures and feed them, but officials say their population has grown so much that the U.S. National Park Service is seeking to implement a “free-ranging cat management plan” that considers options including removing the animals.
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hundreds of cats have long slinked through the cobblestone streets of Puerto Rico’s historic district, stopping for the occasional pat on the head as delighted tourists and residents snap pictures and offer bits of food.

The cats are so beloved they even have their own statue in Old San Juan.

But officials say their population has grown so much that the U.S. National Park Service wants to implement a “free-ranging cat management plan” and is considering options that could include removing the animals.

The idea has outraged many people, who worry the cats will be killed.

“This is like Disney World for cats,” said Alfonso Ocasio, who has been going to Old San Juan since 2014 to feed the cats a couple times a week. “I don’t know how these people dare face the world with their proposal.”

Story Credit: usatoday.com

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