This is in response to Dennis Murphy's Gahanna Spotlight article "Residents can prevent issues related to wildlife" which appeared in ThisWeek Rocky Fork Enterprise on July 6, 2017.

Cats have been domesticated for 9,000 years, and the human population is still here despite the diseases and issues he states are associated with them. Stray, or "community cats," are a problem due to people not fixing their pet cats.

Trap, neuter, vaccinate, release is proven to be the only sustainable, viable and humane solution to the community cat problem. In the 20 plus years of TNVR, I have never been bitten nor contracted a disease. In Murphy's list of diseases that he links to cats, he fails to mention that each of these diseases can be transmitted by other ways including changing a baby's diapers, drinking untreated water, eating poorly cooked food and, yes, even from dogs.

I feed birds and critters. I have chipmunks, squirrels, groundhogs, opossums, fox, deer and the ever illusive and timid coyote. None of these critters have bothered me or my indoor/outdoor cats, nor my neighbors' dogs who are out during the day.

He is correct about the bird feeders attracting wildlife. If someone doesn't want the wildlife, then it is best not to feed birds.

We should learn to leave wildlife alone. Don't have them killed by hiring companies (they drown, gas or shoot them) and don't relocate them -- they don't have the necessary geographical mapping to successfully adapt to their new surroundings.

Those who run into a nuisance situation should contact SCRAM! at the Ohio Wildlife Center for humane solutions to co-exist with nature.

Laura Dehlendorf

Columbus