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Sean Arnold
The property site where the Wild Hog Canoe Race is held annually, at the Waccasassa Bridge along U.S. Highway 19, will have improved parking options this year due to clearing on the back of the lot.
Spay, neuter program launches

Levy County Animal Services is introducing a free trap-neuter-release program in an effort to rein in the county’s feral cat problem.

The program had its first run Jan. 25, and it was more successful than Darlene Esler, DVM, LCAS staff veterinarian, could have imagined.

With help from a couple of volunteers, the team spaid 10 females and neutered three males. One of the females was pregnant, and more were in heat, reported Esler, indicating the program is already making a modest dent on the large problem. LCAS is euthanizing around half the feral cats that are brought in. It hopes to hold a spay-neuter date at least once a month, possible more in the summer, for feral cats.

The program is aimed at treating what are commonly referred to as “community cats” or “neighborhood cats,” which includes cats that are feral but are being fed or cared for in some capacity. Those who participate can pick up traps from Animal Services, for a $25 refundable deposit. The cats are brought in the day before the surgery and picked up the day after.