The U.N. has confirmed that the U-M population of cat breeding facilities has been depleted by 50 percent, with only 10 cats remaining in operation.
FWS director Bill Kowalski told the Uptown Press that the agency had notified the Umakas that they would be shutting down their breeding programs, which are located in the southern U.P., by March 2.
The Umaksa population has grown from 50 cats in 2016 to nearly 300 cats in 2017, and they are considered a threat to the survival of the Umpqua cat population.
“We have informed the Uminakas we will be terminating the UMPQUA cat breeding programs,” Kowalksi said in a statement.
The U.M. program, which has operated for 40 years, has been in the news this year after several other U.K. facilities were raided by the FWS in the past few months.
In December, FWS announced that it was shutting down the UK breeding program, citing concerns over the loss of breeding stock.
Kowalyksi acknowledged the closure of the UK program, saying that “a number of breeding facilities have been shut down by the British government in recent years.”