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 has been conducting an on-going animal control abatement process, focusing on the feral cat population in that block of Grant Street, Tom Guenther, Public Information Officer of the Evanston Police Department, told the RoundTable. He said that a little over 20 cats have been captured so far.

Some neighbors have complained about the cats in the 1900 block of Grant for many years. In July 2003 one neighbor told the RoundTable he was allergic to cats and could not be in his own backyard. Some persons said the feline smell was nauseating.

Last year the City’s Human Services Committee considered a proposed ordinance that would limit the number of cats per household. In September, a proposal was made to adopt a policy statement against hoarding, rather than limiting the number of cats per household. The proposal was scheduled for discussion on Feb. 2.