Woodville’s claws were out and cat-trappers called it quits after offensive notes were left in letterboxes and personal jibes were posted over social media.
The Tararua town’s feline problem came to the fore after the SPCA fielded several complaints of wild cats annoying residents and reproducing on people’s properties.
Woodville District Vision, the town’s community board, set about fixing the problem by trapping the wild felines and euthanising them.
Community board chairwoman Robin Winter said one resident called for help after feeding more than 30 cats near her property, which made them her responsibility.
The cats were left by their owners, who had either died or moved away, she said.
With residents’ assistance, volunteers trapped and took wild cats to be euthanised.
But the volunteer trappers have quit after being taunted over social media and receiving notes in their letterboxes.
“The reality is they were being talked about as if they were murderers,” Winter said.