The Wisconsin Conservation Congress has approved the feline hunting proposal which now goes to another state board.
Under the proposal, any stray cat could be shot, even a household pet without a collar that is outside of its owner's control. The Humane Society calls the idea "cruel and archaic." Even the Madison Audubon Society is against the hunt which would help protect the state's bird population.
Cat lovers are gathering petition signatures online, and say more than 17,000 hunting opponents have signed up.
At least two other Midwestern states, South Dakota and Minnesota, allow wild cats to be shot.
Tonight 23 News will look at the feral (wild) cat problem in Winnebago and what is being done to fight this growing problem.