The SPA estimates that 60,000 stray cats are present in the metropolis of Lyon. The society has just presented a plan to stem the increase in this population.
Le Figaro Lyon
The metropolis of Lyon presented on Wednesday its support plan for municipalities to sterilize stray cats. Currently, SPA estimates that 60,000 of them are present in metropolitan France. “Unsterilized cats can reproduce very quickly: a pair could produce 20,000 individuals in four years“, indicates Greater Lyon. A spread that has an impact on biodiversity and in particular on bird populations, some of which are in decline. In France, almost 75 million birds and 50 million mammals are killed every year by stray cats.
Stray cats took advantage of Covid
It is in this context that the society has decided to help the municipalities to regulate their populations of stray cats through assistance that will cover 100% of the remaining costs of additional sterilizations for a municipality already involved in the subject and 80% for a municipality that would get involved for the first time. A first budget of €50,000 will be put to a vote during the metropolitan area’s standing committee on 27 February.
This sterilization campaign is not the first, but they were previously undermined during the prisons related to Covid, which led to an increase in the population of stray cats. The metropolis estimates that it is necessary to sterilize 75% of a group in order to control its dynamics.