was shot and killed by Boise Police last night. They evidently found it eating out of a dumpster 200 yards from BSU. Sad that this poor cat was hungry enough that he made his way into town. Sad that he had to die.
Unfortunately, people will be really mad at BPD for shooting the cat. The thing they don't understand is that if the cat had been treed, they would have had time to call Fish and Game. They also don't understand that most Fish and Game OFFICERS aren't trained with tranquilizer guns and aren't allowed to use them. They usually have to call in a biologist.
With the cat on the ground, I'm sure the BPD officer knew he had a hard decision to make. Call in a biologist from as far away as Nampa and hope the cat would continue eating out of the dumpster, or realize that the cat was probably going to take off back to the river and could potentially hurt someone (or more than likely, scare the beegeeziz out of someone). So, in all reality, that officer made the only decision he could.
So, for the next few day, both BPD and Fish and Game will be taking a lot of heat - until something more worthy of the publics wrath comes along. Bummer for all involved.