Officials at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, South Korea, have estimated that the Army installation has about 70 stray cats, and they want to contain the problem before that number multiplies in the spring. KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES
Officials at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, South Korea, have estimated that the Army installation has about 70 stray cats, and they want to contain the problem before that number multiplies in the spring. KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES

Yongsan starts new program to keep stray cats from moving in as the Army moves out

Stars and Stripes

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — U.S. military officials plan to launch a program aimed at slowing the growth of the stray cat population on this Army installation in the heart of Seoul.

The program — known as trap, neuter, release, or TNR — was deemed necessary after the number of cats spiked as the military prepares to close Yongsan. Last year, U.S. Forces Korea moved its main headquarters from Yongsan south to Camp Humphreys.

“TNR is the humane and potentially effective approach for stray and feral cats by which community cats are humanely trapped … brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear tipped, and then returned to the outdoor location where they were found,” according to the new policy issued this month.

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