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Cat roundup planned on Grant

Evanston police say animal control officers will be rounding up stray cats around a home in the 1900 block of Grant Street in north Evanston.

The move comes after police, called to a house on the block Sunday, found a person who had died of natural causes — and about 100 cats living in or around the property.

Evanston police say animal control officers will be rounding up stray cats around a home in the 1900 block of Grant Street in north Evanston.

The move comes after police, called to a house on the block Sunday, found a person who had died of natural causes — and about 100 cats living in or around the property.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says relatives of the person who died weren’t able to adequately care for what he described as a "large, non-socialized feral cat population."

Guenther says the city plans to canvas homes in the area and distribute fliers alerting cat owners to the planned roundup, which could lead to pet cats being mistakenly hauled off to the animal shelter.

A city news release says capture efforts will be confined to the target property unless public safety issues dictate additional action.

Owners of domestic cats in area are being asked to be extra vigilant and know the whereabouts of their animals and place collars on their cats with identifying information or have them micro-chipped to make it easier to identify an animal and return it to its owner.

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