An index of stories and resources on the East Bay Regional Park cat killings in Oakland, California.
Government Biologist Who Shot Cats Called Their Corpses ‘Party Favors’ In Email Celebrating Their Deaths
A government biologist who controversially shot 13 cats referred to the dead felines as “party favors” in an internal email.
4 In 10 ‘Problem’ Cats Shot By California Parks Employees, Records Show
A California parks district is under fire for killing cats that allegedly strayed too close to protected marshland where birds winter.
After Massive Backlash, Government Agrees To Stop Shooting Cats
Bowing to public pressure, a state agency in California said it will no longer allow its employees to shoot cats in a misguided attempt at protecting local wildlife.
Local Gov. Employees In California Are Shooting Cats To ‘Protect Wildlife’
The government agency that manages Bay Area parks initially denied killing the cats, then said its employees shot 18 strays because they were a threat to birds who migrate to the area for the winter.
About This Section
In December of 2020, the public learned a government agency in California had been secretly killing cats in an effort to “protect” bird and small mammal species. These stories are part of an ongoing investigation into East Bay Regional Park District’s actions.
- Timeline of events
- Statement from Alley Cat Allies
- Petition: Stop EBRPD’s Cat Killing Policy (69,963 signatures)
- EBRPD’s Free-Roaming Cat Management Policy Update