Licking County official apologizes for hunting feral cats comment

NEWARK — Licking County Prosecutor Bill Hayes, a Republican candidate for county commissioner, apologized Wednesday for suggesting a hunting season would help reduce the county’s feral cat population.

The comments came during a candidate question-and-answer forum Monday night at Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County.

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Hayes, of Pataskala, faces incumbent Rick Black, of Union Township, in the May 3 Republican primary election. The Democrat candidates are DeVeonne Gregory, of Reynoldsburg, and Gail Herold, of Pataskala.

“I apologize to all those offended and I truly want to help with that problem and not hinder it,” Hayes said. “My words were poorly chosen. I know we can’t go around shooting cats.

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