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The cat with its head stuck in a bird feeder perches on a fence in Brandon.
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 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 feed 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," Gramiak said. "Clearly it has nowhere to go right now or it would have returned home to get the contraption off."
Any progress that was made toward capturing Butterscotch without issue has been thwarted by the individual, according to Gramiak. Police have been notified about any illegal activity including trespassing on private property, but once officers 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 who are working to capture the cat.
"We believe (the man) 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 the Brandon Police Service directly.
No one at the Brandon Police Service that responded to the incidents with BALA and this man were available to comment on Sunday.
It is important that if anyone sees the cat that they do not make an effort to catch it. Butterscotch spooks easily and will run away if anyone tries to approach it.
In order for BALA to successfully capture the cat and remove the bird feeder, Butterscotch needs to be calm and hungry.
"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."
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 5, 2014