|Officials defend trapping cats in Keys refuges|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
KEY LARGO — Trapping cats roaming through two federal wildlife refuges in the Florida Keys is helping native species, officials say.
The cat-trapping programs at the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Key Largo and the Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge in Big Pine Key became full-time efforts in early 2013.
The refuge managers say the traps are necessary to protect native species that are vulnerable prey for the cats, including the Key Largo wood rat and the Lower Keys marsh rabbit, both endangered species.
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