Cal State Says Feral Cats Can Stay

Cal State will formalize policy with local animal assistance programs.


The 150 or so feral cats that roam the streets of Cal State Long Beach are now safe, at least from the university, the Daily 49er reports. The school has revoked its proposal to remove the cats, and instead plans to work with local cat caretakers to keep the cats and community safe. The removal plan was put forward because school officials believed the felines were attracting coyotes, but investigators from the California Department of Fish and Game determined it was likely the cats' food and water that were luring predators—not the cats themselves.

University officials and the local animal assistance program are now working to formalize a policy for the long-standing cat population, which includes adoption processes and maintenance of feeding stations.