(Sorry, I thought I sent this before, but I saved it in my drafts. Still good info though.)
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Date: February 7, 2013
Subject: RMJfA- The Denver Post - Thursday, 2/7/13 (coyotes, cats)
(This article applies to the feeding of wildlife ANYwhere!, NOT just in Boulder, CO)
BURRITO BUFFET COULD BE BEHIND COYOTES' BRAVERY
(Photo): A cyclist passes a new sandwich board on the Boulder Creek Pat in coyote territory between 55th St. and Foothills Pkwy., emphasizing not feeding wildlife
Hoping To Foil Forbidden Feedings
by Charlie Brennan
While many folks using the Boulder Creek Path have been dodging or even fleeing aggressive coyotes, someone has been testing their hankering for mild or hot salsa, black or pinto beans. It's not clear whether the south-of-the-border spread came from Illegal Pete's, Chipotle or someone's home kitchen, but a pile of burritos was found Jan. 24 in the immediate area where city and state wildlife officials are trying to solve a pattern of bad coyote behavior. That has prompted the city of Boulder to deploy five new sandwich-board signs along the bike path between 30th and 55th streets making the message clear: "You are in coyote country. It is illegal to feed wildlife." "In supplying coyotes with a food source or feeding coyotes, you're supplying them with a reason to be more comfortable with humans," said Val Matheson, the city's urban wildlife conservation coordinator. When feeding of wildlife such as coyotes occurs, she said, "They continue to be more and more comfortable around people, and that seems to lead to their expectation of people as being a supplier of food. And so they will then approach people looking for food, and we have seen in other areas that that's when people get bit." She was echoed by Jennifer Churchill, spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "That would be absolutely inappropriate," she said of the burrito feed. "When you're feeding them, you're taking away their healthy and natural fear of people. You're just leaving everybody in jeopardy who uses that area, including the coyotes." Feeding wildlife in Boulder is actually a violation of a city ordinance, which states, "No person shall feed any wild animal. For the purposes of this subsection, to feed shall mean all provision of edible or drinkable material, including without limitation, bones, salt licks and water." The maximum penalty for a first or second conviction within 2 years is a $500 fine. The feeding of squirrels and birds is exempted.
CSU IN SEARCH OF PICKY KITTIES FOR RESEARCH ON FELINE KIDNEY DISEASE
by Monte Whaley
Finicky cats are needed for a Colorado State University study aimed at a new drug that fights a kidney disease in felines. According to a news release, the cats will be used in a clinical trial for the drug, called maropitant citrate (Cerenia R), that has gained popularity because it has desirable effects for cats, including limiting vomiting. "We believe that this medication could improve the appetite of cats who are 'picky' eaters due to their chronic kidney disease," the CSU veterinarian conducting the study, Jessica Quimby, said in the release. Cats potentially eligible for the study must have:
...Stable chronic kidney disease (not currently hospitalized or experiencing complications).
...Creatine -- a measure of kidney health between 2.0 and 5 mg/dl.
...And most important, a picky appetite.
Diagnostic tests required for enrollment include a biochemistry profile, complete blood count, urinalysis, urine culture, blood pressure and thyroid measurements. Samples can be sent to CSU to perform required T4, CBC and urine culture free of charge. Cats enrolled in the study will get the medication by mouth for 2 weeks. Two office visits are required for the study. Cats can be enrolled either at CSU or at their regular veterinary clinic. People interested in the study should contact their veterinary clinic. For more information, contact Jessica Quimby at jquimby@colostate,edu.