Cape May, NJ -- It's the cats versus the birds at Cape May, New Jersey. And there could be some ruffled feathers tonight. The City Council is set to take up the issue of whether to move feral cats from beaches where endangered shore birds nest. The cats are as much a part of the Cape May culture as the rainbow-colored Victorian houses.
But Cape May is also one of the prime bird-watching spots in all of North America. The council is considering a compromise that would preserve cat colonies but move them away from sensitive beaches. The federal government is threatening to ax badly needed beach replenishment money if the city refuses to move the felines.