Feral cats taking over Tuscaloosa

      {}{} Some people fear 'wild cats' commonly referred to as feral are taking over downtown Tuscaloosa.

      {}{} In just one alley behind Capstone Bank -- we found at-least four cats seemed highly feral comfortable near dumpsters as if it were home to them.

      {}{} Amy Nees lives just across the alley.{} She's extremely frustrated because she says the cats{}frequent her balcony and jump down, terribly scratching her vehicles below.

      {} Nee's is somewhat angered that neighbors such as a worker at the bank, James Reynolds helps to keep the cats fed.{} In fact, they get a free course meal with disposal food dishes that Reynolds has set up.{} But, he says{}he's trying to help.{} "Try to trap the cats occasionally, have them spade and neutered{} and then try to adopt them out,"{}Reynolds insists.

      {}{}However --{}very few feral cats can be home trained{} or adopted.{} Tuscaloosa's Metro{}Animal Shelter says they take in a lot of cats.{} About half daily are wild.{} Almost all are put down.{} Jennifer Earp says people feeding the cats is{}just the same as breeding them.{} "They're not going to go anywhere as long as they know food is there and if its a comfortable place, they'll just keep on breeding."

      {}{}{}Nees has even{}installed the silent{}sonar devices to try and keep the cats away...but, the devices hardly work.{} "About 15 percent of the time, they get{}use to them, no longer afraid{}and jump over's frustrating."{}

      {} Reynolds says most of the problem is that most spade and neutering{}programs in the area are far too expenses.{} The cats he's trying to tame behind Capstone, he takes to Birmingham to have fixed at his own expenses.

      {} Right now, Tuscaloosa's Animal Control -- says they estimate about 100 feral cats downtown.{} They believe{} people feeding the cats have helped create the problem.