Sarthe: licensed trapper, he captures stray cats

The kittens let themselves be taken in the arms. ©Sable News

The grass is still wet this morning. Wednesday, October 19, 2022in the campaign of Bazouges-Cre-sur-Loir, next to La Fleche (Sarthe). Jean-Jacques Bienaime had foreseen the blow, and it is equipped with boots, that he surveys the wooded ground on which he catch the cats since one month.

Cats that don’t belong

Not just any cats: wild animals, wandererswhich belong to no one and reproduce at high speed.

“In this area, there has been proliferation. There are about fifty cats”, informs the qualified trapper.

Will go, won’t go? ©Sable News

“Do not make the cat a pest”

Since October 2021, Jean-Jacques Bienaimé, a retired craftsman, has been working as a volunteer for the City of La Fleche. But today, it is for the municipality of Bazouges-Cré-sur-Loir, that he is mobilized.

His mission ?

Collect as many so-called ‘free’ cats as possible, so that the municipality can chip and sterilize them.

Jean-Jacques Bienaimé, trapper

The latter then releases the cats where they were captured.

This vast sterilization campaign intended to limit the population of stray catssometimes carrier of diseases.

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“If the wild cats become too numerous, they could be considered harmful and therefore become shootable for hunters”, warns the trapper who, as a lover of small felines, would like to avoid such a scenario.

Kibbles to bait

Since 9 a.m. this Wednesday, Jean-Jacques has had three cages, or “traps”, ready to close on whoever is tempted by the food inside.

“Croquettes or pâté”, most of the time. And tuna, for the most suspicious. “Cats love this fish, they are sometimes ready to do anything to eat it. »

Jean-Jacques has the food in the cages. ©Sable News

A first individual was caught early in the morning, but it is a cat that has already been captured and sterilized. He was released immediately.

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Mandatory training

To be effective, Jean-Jacques Bienaimé follows the process he learned during his training. Because trapping is regulated by law, and only approved people are authorized to practice it.

I trained three years ago in Angers. The two days of learning provided by the Hunting Federation were 100% funded by the Department and the Region.

Jean-Jacques Bienaime

The training valid for life and open to all covers different types of traps, depending on the animal sought. “The trapdoor is the basic, type 1 trap. It’s not a risky trap. »

During his training, Jean-Jacques learned “the approach”. Before hiding his traps, he comes to probe the places where he is sent by the communities. “I come to scout, at least twice. » The opportunity to identify the animals and the places where they circulate.

The cats always pass and repass by the same path.

Jean-Jacques Bienaime

So much so that here, in the countryside of Cré, we can see a furrow, marked in the tall grass. It is according to these lines that the trapper places his cages.

Next ? Patient and silent, the trapper waits. He knows that there are hours more propitious than others to capture tomcats.

Caught ! ©Sable News

The cat, a crepuscular animal, is indeed very active early in the morning and at the end of the day. On the other hand, in the afternoon “he takes a nap”.


When he intervenes in private homes, Jean-Jacques does not hesitate to leave trapdoors all night. “Often, in the early morning, the cat was caught. »

Sometimes he has funny surprises.

I happened to find hedgehogs, they like croquettes!

Jean-Jacques Bienaime

This Wednesday, around 11 a.m., a second cat was caught. A kitten who is easily taken in the arms and who will be proposed for adoption.

The trapper is approved. ©Sable News

Since he intervened in this area of ​​Bazouges-Cré-sur-Loir, Jean-Jacques has already recovered 12 adult cats and three kittens.

When an adult cat is captured, first lay a blanket over the cage and wait for it to calm down in the dark.

Jean-Jacques Bienaime

Watch out for bites!

A step that sometimes is not enough to calm the animal, which remains aggressive. Jean-Jacques has often paid the price.

“Despite the pair of gloves, I was bitten or scratched. Especially at the beginning”, reports the one who is vaccinated against rabies and has a box of antibiotics in his car, to avoid superinfections.

Misadventures that have not tainted the love that the pensioner has for cats, and more broadly “for nature and animals”.

It is almost noon already and the trapper is going to put away his cages to return in a few days, to continue the mission that occupies him at least one day a week.

In the meantime, he will join his own cats. Two “Mimi” that he pampers with shrimp on the menu.

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