Rock Springs Council Will Review Ordinance to Help with City’s Cat Population

Rock Springs Council Will Review Ordinance to Help with City’s Cat Population

ROCK SPRINGS — The City of Rock Springs is looking at amending an ordinance to include a trap, neuter, return (TNR) program to help with the community’s cat population.

The ordinance states that “the City of Rock Springs recognizes that community cat populations can swell to huge numbers if they are not managed in some meaningful way, and that large numbers of free-roaming domestic cats can adversely affect local wildlife populations and be a general annoyance to citizens of the city.”

The ordinance also says that spaying female cats and neutering males cats can reduce nuisance behavior by community cats.

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“Studies have shown that community cat colony sizes decrease over time when TNR programs are used,” the ordinance states. “TNR is more humane than culling or destroying community cats as population control,”

Under the proposed program, community cats will be humanely trapped, sterilized, vaccinated, ear tipped, and returned to its original location. Ear tipping is the removal of 1/4 inch of a community cat’s left ear while the cat is under anesthesia. This will allow the cat to be easily identified as a sterilized and vaccinated community cat, the ordinance states.

This will be the Council’s first reading of this ordinance. It takes three readings to pass an ordinance. To review the entire ordinance, click here.

Other Business

The Council will hear a presentation on the Wyoming Region 4 Hazard Mitigation Plan from Emergency Management Coordinator Emily Covey. The Council will also review a resolution to approve this plan.

The Rock Springs Police Department asking the Council to approve a memorandum of understanding with Sweetwater County School District No. 1 for the School Resource Officer (SRO) program. Under the MOU, District No. 1 and the City of Rock Springs agree to split the cost of three SRO positions 50/50.

The RSPD is also seeking permission to apply for a 2022 Wyoming Department of Transportation ARPA grant funding to purchase mobile radios for its vehicles.

The Council will also review a resolution to approve a revised fee schedule.

To review the entire Council packet, click here. The Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at City Hall.