U of I accused of trapping, killing feral cats without approval

Posted at 1:45 PM, Aug 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-30 15:46:07-04

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) -- Two state agencies say the University of Idaho failed to seek approval for a program that trapped and euthanized feral cats on campus.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said Monday they would not have issued authorization to the university, which campus veterinarian Peter Autenried said he received.

Autenried said Wednesday seven feral cats had been trapped and killed at the university since January. He said he received authorization to trap the cats from Fish and Game, in accordance with Moscow city code.

Fish and Game officials say Moscow would have to sign off, not the state.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry said the university did not procure authorization from him.

University officials declined to comment on the matter.