A Walpole feline fan has been caught out keeping a cat in contravention of a law banning the “natural predators” from the national park near her property. Dale Potter pleaded guilty in the Manjimup Magistrates Court to one charge of contravening the provisions of a planning scheme and a charge of having a cat without consent. The court was told that on September 13 last year, Ms Potter’s cat, Cecil, was caught in a cat trap on a neighbour’s property, resulting in the cat being impounded the next day and found to be unregistered. According to Magistrate Benjamin Tyers, Ms Potter was warned on several occasions about owning cats in the cat-prohibited area, located near the Walpole-Nornalup National Park. The court was told the cat prohibition was in place to protect the wildlife and environment in the national park, adjacent from her property, with Magistrate Tyers noting cats to be “natural predators”. Ms Potter was fined a total of $2200 and ordered to pay the Shire of Manjimup $3666.50 in costs.