Published: Feb 27, 2011 6:20 PM EST
Updated: Feb 27, 2011 3:20 PM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Traps for cats and iguanas in federal wildlife refuges in the Florida Keys won't be set until officials can respond to public comments about the program.

The trapping had been scheduled to begin Tuesday. Wildlife conservation groups have said the trapping is necessary to protect endangered birds and other native plants and animals such as the rare Miami blue butterfly.

Refuges manager Anne Morkill tells The Key West Citizen that public reaction to the program has been mixed.

Critics say they're concerned that the trapped animals would be killed instead of taken to a facility for adoption. Morkill says the animals caught in the traps will be taken to an animal shelter in the Middle Keys.

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