Port Mansfield’s feral felines are ‘everywhere’

PORT MANSFIELD — Feral felines might actually outnumber residents in this tiny fishing village where white-tail deer also roam the streets.

An estimated 700 cats are hiding in drainage pipes and abandoned houses, posing health hazards, that according to Pat Turman-White, president of the Harlingen Humane Society.

Now, the Humane Society is trying to trap and neuter them, Turman-White said yesterday.

“It’s the whole town — they’re everywhere,” she said. “You’re talking about 700 cats located in an area of a couple of miles. The feces are everywhere. It’s a health problem.”

She estimates about 400 cats live on the south side of town while as many as 300 live on the north side.

“They’re everywhere — in abandoned buildings, in culverts,” she said.

Along Northshore Drive, she said, at least one home keeps a hoard of as many as 60 cats.

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