Well the neighborhood is short one more feral cat as of 11:02PM tonight. Murphy caught another one on the front deck. What is it with these things that they keep coming right up onto the porch like that? They have to know he's there.
This one managed to escape in the end by rolling/being thrown off the deck onto the driveway below. It happened too fast for me to tell for sure which it was. But the cat was mortally injured so I had to go down and do the humane thing. Apparently someone heard the shot and called it in though, because a Sheriff's Dept. cruiser is now prowling around. I should probably flag him down and own up, but frankly, it's just too late at night to have that discussion, especially since I forgot to call them up and let them know in advance that I'd be putting an injured animal down. My bad.
I have got to get a suppressed .22.
EDITED TO ADD @ 12:01AM: Saw the Sheriff's cruiser again as I was outside so I waved it down. Deputy was one I've known for quite some time and associated with both personally and professionally so I told him I did it. He called me a dumbass for not calling it in and making him drive all the way up here for nothing, then we shot the breeze for a few minutes before he had to go. I told him I'd make it up to him with a donut next time I see him. He replied with a rude remark that I won't repost here. But all is now well.