This past weekend, Tab and I trapped at the Buffalo Farm, named for the friendly buffalo who lives at this horse farm in Weld County.
We had been contacted by a woman who lives on the property, who'd already seen two batches of kittens added to the two adults who originally roamed the farm. In November and December, she was able to catch 4 of the 5 kittens who were 8-12 weeks old and successfully tame them. We were asked to trap 2 adults, 3 teenagers and 1 remaining kitten.
We set up our traps around 8:30 am, baited with tuna and set them in two distinct places where community cats normally fed and traveled. The caretakers withheld food for 24 hours. Within 10 minutes, we'd caught the daddy of all the kittens, a large black furred fellow. The other kitties were quite wary. Some entered the traps, only to back out. Some sniffed around the back side of the trap, but never went into the trap. The caretaker added some raw salmon to the traps and we were able to trap 2 more kitties. Around noon, we were ready to call it a day. We asked the caretaker if she'd be willing to keep an eye on traps during the rest of the day, which she was. Since she was outside all day working with the horses, this was an easy task. Later that day, she caught one more cat.
I kept the 4 cats overnight in my garage and in the morning, drove them to DDFL for spay and neuter. During the day, the caretaker continued to trap and by evening, she caught the last teenager. The final cat that she trapped was the last kitten (only 3 months old)
LFFAC adventures, stories and maybe even a cute cat video every now & then.