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Responding to a death investigation in the 1900 block of Grant Street, Evanston police discovered a feral cat colony composed of about 100 cats on and near the property. Police said they determined that the woman died of natural causes and contacted relatives. The relatives told police they were not equipped to adequately care for this large non-socialized feral cat population and opted for City of Evanston assistance.

The City’s Animal Control Bureau will conduct an on-going animal control abatement process, focusing on the feral cat population in that block of Grant Street, according to the police. Since domestic cats could also wander onto the property during the process of capturing the feral cats, residents in the area who own domestic cats are asked to “be extra vigilant and know the whereabouts of their animals and place collars on their cats detailing the appropriate owner information. Micro-chipping also presents an excellent way for animals to be identified and returned to their owner.” 

A notice from the City said “all capture efforts will be confined to the target property in question unless public safety issues dictate additional action.” 

Anyone who has concerns or who wishes further information may contact Evanston Police Department’s Animal Control Bureau at 847-866-5080 or 5081.