The wayward Brandon cat whose plight has been broadcast across the nation has still not been captured as efforts enter Day 17.
The presumed stray, nicknamed Butterscotch, has eluded capturing efforts by Brandon and Area Lost Animals (BALA) volunteers since July 23, which the organization said has been because of a man who has hindered the rescue.
“Right now we’re dealing with it as best we can,” said BALA organizer Toni Gramiak, who said they’re up against “mysterious occurrences.”
Over the weekend, Gramiak claimed the man scared away volunteers, shone lights, clapped his hands and damaged some BALA cat traps which are routinely monitored.
The easily spooked cat has been located several times, but has proven tremendously difficult to catch and the man’s purported actions have changed the cat’s behaviour.
The cat first grabbed headlines when it was seen wandering the streets of the Wheat City with a bird feeder on its head, which BALA volunteers believed made it difficult for the cat to see, eat and drink.
A Brandon resident first called BALA, concerned about the cat’s well-being.
Bits of the bird feeder remain, including wood around the cat’s neck; however, the cat is now able to eat.
“We’re learning about his new patterns, we continue to ask people to let him feel invisible where he is and report it, we ask that people try not to capture this cat,” Gramiak said.
Since the story first came to light, Gramiak has remained tight-lipped about BALA’s tactics to capture Butterscotch, including the location of the traps.
Volunteers have been attempting to catch the cat during the night, which Gramiak said makes it easier since there is less traffic.
While Butterscotch’s capture seems to drag on, Gramiak said she has spent months attempting to capture animals.
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.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 8, 2014