Elizabeth took our TNR class and has been diligently trapping and fixing her colony for years, although the female having all the kittens had thus far eluded her. Well, good news! Elizabeth finally caught her Fertile Myrtle! Here's the trapping success story as well as pics of Fertile Myrtle and her adult children who complete her little colony: Sara Lee, Little Debbie, Betty Crocker, and Duncan Hines.
"I caught Fertile Myrtle (my Moby Dick), who I've been trying to catch for nearly 4 years now, and got her fixed....Now Myrtle's colony is 100% neutered, her and all her offspring. Over the past 4 years I've tried regular trapping at all hours of the day, big boy traps, drop traps, nets, all kinds of foods, anything I could think of with no success. When she sees or hears a trap, she heads for the hills. What finally did it was that I left 2 of my traps where I feed (which is risky, but they were well hidden and I was desperate) and held them open with a bungie cords. The cats HAD to go in to eat. I think Myrtle boycotted for a few days but eventually got too hungry. I went extremely early two Thursdays ago and put in the food and removed the bungie cords. She was pregnant and very hungry and finally gave in.
I cried tears of joy when I saw her. She has provided me with at least 20 kittens to neuter over the past 4 years. I've caught every last one except for her, until two weeks ago. Victory! She glares at me every time she sees me. I remind her that she won't hate me forever."
Great job, Elizabeth!