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Wild cat chase continues

Brandon and Area Lost Animals volunteers continue to try to catch Butterscotch, a cat with its head stuck in a small bird feeder. Efforts to captured the cat have been sabotaged by a local man.

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Brandon and Area Lost Animals volunteers continue to try to catch Butterscotch, a cat with its head stuck in a small bird feeder. Efforts to captured the cat have been sabotaged by a local man.

The cat with a bird feeder on its head is still on the loose in Brandon, due to complications with the attempts to capture it. 

A local resident has been actively disrupting the efforts of the Brandon and Area Lost Animals (BALA) to capture the cat nicknamed Butterscotch. He has scared volunteers and damaged some BALA cat traps.

"We feel that it has become a game for him, but we don’t understand why," BALA volunteer Toni Gramiak said. "This suspicious man has made it difficult to successfully capture Butterscotch."

BALA has been trying to catch the adult orange and white tabby cat since Wednesday morning with the help of Brandon Animal Control. Butterscotch was spotted by a resident of Cornwallis Crescent stuck in a bird feeder and reported to BALA. 

It now appears that some of the bird feeder has fallen off, allowing Butterscotch to eat and drink. 

"We believe it is a free roaming cat with no home, but we have not been able to check for identification yet," volunteer Toni Gramiak said. "Clearly it has no where to go right now or it would have returned home to get the contraption off."

Any progress that was made towards capturing Butterscotch without issue has been sabotaged by the individual, according to Gramiak. Police have been notified about any illegal activity including trespassing on private property, but once they arrive the man has returned to his own home. 

BALA is now concerned both for the safety of Butterscotch who continues to have part of the bird feeder around its head and the volunteers that are working to capture the cat. 

"We believe he is probably monitoring the internet as one way of knowing where our traps are," Gramiak said. "Anyone who sees the cat should not give away the location to anyone except us."

The volunteers are asking anyone who sees Butterscotch or believes they have seen the man disrupting their efforts to contact them at 204-724-7033. 

If the man seems to be a safety concern they should contact Brandon Police Services directly. 

No one at Brandon Police Service that responded to the incidents with BALA and this man were available to comment on Sunday. 

"Our focus right now is to safely catch Butterscotch and that will be easier if it is calm," Gramiak said. "But at the same time we are very worried about this individual."

It is important that if anyone sees the cat that they do not make an effort to catch it as these attempts typically scare Butterscotch away.

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