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The City of Boulder OSMP is temporarily requiring dogs to be leashed on the Mount Sanitas Valley trail, effective immediately, as a result of several encounters between dogs and coyotes. Although Voice and Sight control is normally allowed in this area, OSMP is enacting the temporary leash restrictions in order to provide the best possible protection for both dogs and coyotes. Advisory signs have been posted to educate users on the issues.
“In the last two weeks there have been several reports of dogs interacting with coyotes. In each of these cases the dog guardian had either lost sight of his or her dog or was unable to call the dog back and the dog charged a coyote that was seen near the trail. At least one of these encounters resulted in significant injuries to the dog,” Ranger Supervisor Joe Reale said.
The type of coyote behavior reported suggests there may be a den site in the area that the coyotes are defending. An off-leash dog may be viewed as a threat to a coyote that has young nearby.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Kristin Cannon said, “This time of year coyotes will be active providing food and protection to young pups. It is important that we keep unleashed dogs away from areas where coyotes are hunting and raising young. Eventually the coyotes will disperse from the area, and the risk to both dogs and coyotes will be reduced.”
OSMP will monitor the situation at Mount Sanitas and will inform the public when it is once again safe to walk dogs under voice and sight control.
Please visit www.osmp.org for detailed maps and up-to-date information on regulations, closures, temporary or otherwise; or call 303-441-3440.
–CITY of Boulder press release–
CU-Boulder, vet hospital team up for
clinical study to treat canine pain
A University of Colorado Boulder professor and her biomedical spinoff company Xalud Therapeutics Inc. of San Francisco are teaming up with a Front Range veterinarian to conduct a clinical study targeting an effective treatment for dogs suffering from chronic pain.
Distinguished Professor Linda Watkins of CU-Boulder’s psychology and neuroscience department said the study involves treating ailing dogs with a gene therapy using Interleukin-10, or IL-10, a protein and anti-inflammatory that both dogs and humans produce naturally. Watkins is working with veterinarian Robert Landry of Mountain Ridge Animal Hospital and Pain Management Center in Lafayette, who will be treating canine patients suffering from chronic and painful conditions, some of which already are being treated with various other medications with limited success.
Animals perceive and experience several levels of pain that are similar to humans, and chronic pain can be debilitating and also shorten the lives of pets, said Landry, one of only a handful of credentialed American Academy of Pain Management practitioners in Colorado. Landry currently is seeking Denver-Boulder area pet owners who have dogs suffering from chronic pain and who might be interested in participating in the study, which is free.
The new study is driven by research spearheaded by Watkins indicating a type of cell known as glial cells found in the nervous system of mammals plays a key role in pain. Under normal conditions, glial cells act as central nervous system “housekeepers,” cleaning up cellular debris and providing support for neurons, said Watkins. But glial cells also can play a pivotal role in pain enhancement by exciting neurons that both transmit pain signals and release a host of chemical compounds that cause problems like chronic neuropathic pain and other medical issues.
The team will use Xalud’s lead product candidate, XT-101, a gene therapy that harnesses the power of the potent anti-inflammatory IL-10 to normalize glial activity and eliminate neuropathic pain for up to 90 days with a single injection.
The gene therapy based on IL-10 has a number of advantages, including suppressing glial activity in the spinal cord, stimulating tissue regeneration and growth, decreasing the production of pro-inflammatory substances and increasing the production of anti-inflammatory substances, Watkins said. Landry and Watkins also have been working with the American Kennel Club on potential funding for additional clinical studies involving the treatment of chronic pain in dogs, said Watkins.
“We have already tested this new therapy in two pet dogs, and both have had remarkable reversals of their pain for long durations after a single injection of the therapeutic,” she said. “Our early peek at the potential of this therapeutic treatment in dogs shows essentially the same positive effects we have seen in laboratory rats used in our studies that have been treated with the therapy.”
Watkins said demonstrating the efficacy and safety of the new gene therapy in a second species of mammal is important in terms of moving it forward to eventually meet FDA regulations for human clinical trials.
In addition to studying what triggers glial cells to become activated and begin releasing pain-enhancing substances and ways to control chronic pain, Watkins and her research team recently discovered that clinically prescribed opioids also activate glial cells and cause them to release pain-enhancing substances. “Our ultimate goal is to find a means by which clinical pain control can be improved so as to relieve human suffering,” she said.
To contact Landry about possible participation in the study by family dogs suffering chronic pain and that might benefit from the experimental treatment, call the Mountain Ridge Animal Hospital at 303-665-4852.
For more information on CU-Boulder’s psychology and neuroscience department visit http://psych-www.colorado.edu/. For more information on Xalud Therapeutics Inc. visit http://www.xaludthera.com/. For more information on Mountain Ridge Animal Hospital visit http://www.mountainridgevet.com/.
Ever wondered who is living in your gut, and what they’re doing? The trillions of microbial partners in and on our bodies outnumber our own cells by as many as 10 to 1 and do all sorts of important jobs, from helping digest the food we eat this Thanksgiving to building up our immune systems.
In association with the Human Food Project, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder along with researchers at other institutions around the world are launching a new open-access project known as “American Gut” in which participants can get involved in finding out what microbes are in their own guts and what they are doing in there.
The project builds on previous efforts, including the five-year, $173-million NIH-funded Human Microbiome Project, to characterize the microbes living in and on our bodies, said Associate Professor Rob Knight of CU-Boulder’s BioFrontiers Institute. But unlike other projects that have focused on carefully chosen test subjects with a few hundred people, this project allows the public to get involved and is encouraging tens of thousands of people to do so, Knight said.
“Galileo saw outer space through his telescope, and we want to see the inner space of your gut through modern genetics,” said Rob Dunn, a scientist at North Carolina State University and a collaborator on the project. The new project will be “crowd-funded” by individuals interested in learning more about their own gut bacteria and by others who simply want to contribute to the project, said Dunn.
“By combining the crowd-funding model with the open-access data analysis model that we pioneered with the Earth Microbiome Project, we can finally give anyone with an interest in his or her microbiome an opportunity to participate, whether by contributing samples or by looking at the data,” said Knight, also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist.
Public interest is immense, says the research team. 18,000 people have already signed up to receive more information by email about the project when it launches. “The American Gut project builds on the Human Microbiome Project by allowing anyone to participate, and will let the public join in the excitement of this new field,” said Lita Proctor, program director for the Human Microbiome Project. “We can expect this to lay the groundwork for all sorts of fascinating studies in the future, that others will in turn build on.”
The American Gut project is an opportunity for the “citizen scientists” working with team of leading researchers and labs throughout the United States to help shape a new way of understanding how diet and lifestyle may contribute to human health through each person’s suite of trillions of tiny microbes, say the researchers. A key aspect of the project is to understand how diet and lifestyle, whether by choice — like athletes or vegetarians — or by necessity, including those suffering from particular autoimmune diseases or who have food allergies, affect peoples’ microbial makeup, said Knight.
“This will be the first project of its kind that might be able to address this question at such a large scale,” said Jeff Leach, founder of the Human Food Project and co-founder of American Gut. The gut microbiome has been linked to many diseases, including obesity, cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease — all of which are much more common in Western populations, he said.
“We should start thinking about diets not only from the perspective of what we should eat, but what we should be feeding our entire gut microbial systems,” said Leach. A key aspect of the project is to integrate studies of Americans of all shapes and sizes with studies of people living more traditional lifestyles in Africa, South America and elsewhere, he said.
The steep decline in the cost of DNA sequencing and recent advances in computational techniques allow for the analysis of microbial genomes orders of magnitude cheaper than was possible only a few years ago, said Knight. Sequencing is now getting cheap enough — participants who donate $99 or more can expect to get tens of thousands of sequences from microbes in their gut — that participants can include their families and even their pets, Knight said.
Doctoral student Daniel McDonald is one of several CU-Boulder students who will be involved in the effort. “I am excited to have the opportunity to develop new computational tools in order to further explore this frontier,” said McDonald, who is in the Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology program at the BioFrontiers Institute.
“I am pleased to participate in this pioneering effort that marries the vast interest of the public in science with questions that are worth answering about human health and nutrition,” said Martin Blaser, chair of the Department of Medicine and professor of microbiology at New York University. “Through this consortium, the technical and intellectual resources are there to lead to important new knowledge.”
The project will seek to build on a growing canine and feline database as well. “The majority of data we currently have on the dog and cat microbiomes has come from a handful of small studies in research or clinically ill animals,” said Associate Professor Kelly Swanson of the Department of Animal Sciences and Division of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “This study will apply the technology to free-living pets, where diet, genetics, and living environment are quite different from household to household.
“This research may identify important trends not possible with lab-based studies, and help guide us on how to feed our pets in the future,” said Swanson.
The backdrop to the project is the radical decline in the cost of DNA sequencing, which allows analysis of microbial genomes orders of magnitude cheaper than was possible only a few years ago, and recent advances in computational techniques. Participants in the project include many of the key players in the Human Microbiome Project and research facilities around the world.
To learn more about participating in or contributing to the project visit https://www.indiegogo.com/americangut. For a list of additional collaborators on the project visithttp://humanfoodproject.com/the-people/collaborators/.
Cottonwood Kennels is all about the pet-to-person connection. They believe that cats and especially dogs desire to be with people more than anything else. That’s why they gave up the wild thousands of years ago to be by our side. You will not find gimmicky substitutes for human interaction, you will find a very large staff of big-hearted, dedicated, hard-working people. Pet eating, drinking, potty habits, disposition and attitude are carefully monitored, recorded and reviewed several times a day.
They provide everything – quality diets, beds, playthings and especially tons of tender loving care. Pets with special needs are their specialty and we welcome them.
Phone: (303) 442-2602
Tool Free: (800) 866-1406
Everyday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bar Car Acres is named after owners Bart and Carman Beck. And just like their name implies, both Bart and Carman put a large part of themselves into their company. It all began when co-owner Carman Beck visited a grooming shop in eighth grade for career day. From that day on, she was hooked! She opened her grooming business more than 30 years ago and still considers it a joy to go to work. Through the years, the grooming business evolved into a boarding facility when her clientele began requesting care for their pets while they were away.
Phone: (303) 638-1371
Monday-Friday 7:30 AM – Noon, 3 PM – 6 PM
Saturday – 8 AM – Noon
Sunday – Closed
The Naked Curmudgeon by Dan Culberson
The Naked Curmudgeon
curmudgeon n [origin unknown] (1577) a crusty, ill-tempered, and usu. old man. naked adj 6: devoid of concealment or disguise. Attempting to cover everything that annoys me, Dan Culberson.
Here’s what gets me.
I think it is agreed by all parties that this abortion problem is a nasty business. Tempers have flared, curses have been shouted and people killed, not to mention both innocent and guilty bystanders swept by their emotions to commit unnatural acts in the name of decency and the “right thing to do”–and I’m just talking about outside the clinics.
Ever since Jan. 23, 1973, and the sexual peak of Baby Boomers everywhere, no solution proposed so far is going to satisfy everyone, because both sides currently have valid arguments. The pro-choice proponents believe that a woman has the right to do what she wants to her body and she can choose to prevent an unwanted child just as readily as she can choose to prevent an unwanted tumor, although certainly with more emotional involvement.
The pro-life proponents (or, by extension, the anti-choice people) believe that the “state,” the government, society, other people or even God has the right if not the duty to do what it wants in order to prevent people from living a life of free will.
Hasn’t anyone else recognized that this argument was angrily conducted centuries ago with great acrimony, hard feelings and probably lost lives and that therefore society is moving backwards?
Well, Ladies, Gentlemen and Others, I have a solution to the problem as plain as your own backyard or living-room easy chair: namely, our pets.
The idea came to me when I acquired a kitten from the Humane Society and afterwards watched a disgusting, predestination-disguised, anti-choice commercial that was crude in its production values, but just as slick in its manipulative techniques as any Madison Avenue, truth-mangling, morality-bending, self-aggrandizing advertisement.
When I bought the kitten, I was pressured into having it neutered. I was amazed that both the Humane Society and my veterinarian were so cavalier about a practice that is nothing more than a subversive act that eventually should put them both out of work.
Of course! Neither the Humane Society nor veterinarians would be so naive as to work toward putting themselves out of business, so something noble must be behind their desire to have a world full of aging, non-procreating pets.
And therein lies the solution to the problem of pro-choice, pro-life, anti-choice, anti-life, free-will, predestination, pro-abortion, anti-abortion dilemma: Whenever a child is born or whenever a child is adopted, neuter it. Snip-snip.
Only then can we cease this senseless anger, fighting, demonstrating and killing that is pitting sister against sister, brother against brother and family against family over a matter that should be between a woman and her conscience.
“What?” you say? “That would be silly!” you say? “Not to mention stupid and inhuman!” you say?
Not if we call it “humane.” The time-honored tradition of society and Madison Avenue is to use language to sway thinking. Therefore, we simply call the act of desexing all children at birth and adoption the “Humane Solution,” and all our worries about unwanted children, the agonizing of abortion and the morality of the way we live others’ lives is over. Snip-snip.
“Wait a minute!” you say? “If all children are prevented from having children of their own, then how does that affect future generations?” you say?
Now, I don’t want to sound callous or unfeeling, but another time-honored tradition of society and government is to answer “That’s their problem.” I am sure that pro-choice advocates, pro-life advocates and busybodies everywhere are more concerned with the immediate problem: how to prevent unwanted children and how to prevent women from destroying society by doing what they want to their own bodies.
Otherwise, we need only look at our own backyards and living-room easy chairs again. The practice and pressure of neutering our pets certainly hasn’t created a shortage of pets. The unnatural but humane act of forcing our will upon the nature of pet procreation hasn’t caused us any sleepless nights, and those pets are coming from somewhere.
Perhaps it’s as simple as “Nature always finds a way.”
Now, to head off any accusations that I have a personal interest in my proposal, I have no other motive than the public good of society by relieving the suffering of women, satisfying the desires of the religious and giving some short-term business to doctors. I have no children by which I can get a single penny, the youngest being 42 years old, and I am not a doctor nor do I play one on TV.
I rest my case.
Residents encouraged to secure trash and food sources to protect bears
The City of Boulder reminds residents that this is the time of year when bears are foraging for food, in preparation for their winter hibernation. It is important that residents take measures to deter bears by securing any potential food sources on their properties.
Bear-proofing food items and trash is the best way for residents to minimize the chances that bears will show interest in their property. Common bear attractants include garbage, compost, bird feeders, food from outdoor grills, pet food left outside and fruit from trees. The city recommends that residents store garbage and compost bins in a garage or shed until the morning of collection, or keep their waste in a bear-resistant trash container. Residents within the city limits of Boulder can contact Western Disposal at 303-444-2037 to purchase bear-resistant trash containers.
Bears that learn that people are a source of food are sometimes killed to keep the public safe. Over the past six years, five bears have been killed in the city because of nuisance behavior or a threat to public safety. Please do your part to ensure that bears are not unnecessarily attracted to your property.
If there is a bear in your backyard, the following tips are recommended:
Keep your distance. Back away slowly from the bear, ensuring it has a clear escape path;
Never run. Running may cause a bear to chase you;
Never approach a bear, or get in between a cub and its mother;
Never provide food to a bear. This teaches it to approach people for food;
Do not let the bear become comfortable around your home; and
Once you are safely inside, do your best to scare the bear away. Yell, clap your hands and make other loud noises to encourgage the bear to leave.
If the bear is threatening human safety, pets or destroying property, call the police at 911. Report past bear sightings and encounters at 303-441-3004.
The city is in the final stages of developing the Black Bear and Mountain Lion component of the Urban Wildlife Management Plan (UWMP) and has prepared a draft version for public input. To view the draft plan and submit feedback, visit www.boulderwildlifeplan.net. Feedback provided prior to Sept. 28 will be incorporated into the Oct. 18 memo for City Council’s consideration.
The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) department has begun its 2011 Amateur Photography Contest. Any amateur photographer may enter photographs taken on OSMP lands. Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Judges will be looking for photographs that capture the beauty and excitement of the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks.
• People and Recreation – may include shots of people and pets enjoying OSMP;
• Flora and Fauna – any plant or wild animal on OSMP lands;
• Scenic – landscapes that may include wildlife, flora or other elements of OSMP;
• Cultural Resources and History – images containing cultural and historic pieces;
• Under 18 years old – photographers younger than 18 years may enter photographs from any of the above categories; and
• Staff – for City of Boulder employees and their families.
There are both color and black and white subcategories.
Winning photographs will be on display at the Ranger Cottage at Chautauqua Trailhead, 900 Baseline Road in Boulder, beginning Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011. Winning photos will also be displayed in an online photo gallery on the OSMP website.
Prizes from local merchants will be awarded to the two “Best of Show” winners and to first, second and third place in each category.
Please visit www.bouldercolorado.gov/osmp/photocontest for more information, rules and entry forms.
Boulder, CO – A domestic cat living in the 2500 block of 6th Street has tested positive for plague. Additionally, a dead squirrel found at the intersection of 8th and Maxwell Avenue has tested positive for plague. As a result, the Mapleton Hill neighborhood has been posted with signs listing precautionary measures to avoid plague.
This is the first time plague activity has been confirmed in Boulder County this season, and public health officials want to remind residents about how to protect themselves against plague.
“We want people to understand what steps they should take to protect themselves, their family members, and their pets,” said Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) Environmental Health Division Manager Joe Malinowski. “Because plague is most commonly transmitted by fleas, taking steps to avoid flea exposure will be most helpful in preventing this disease.”
Public health officials recommend the following precautions to reduce the likelihood of being exposed to plague:
· AVOID FLEAS! Protect pets with flea powder, and keep pets on a leash and out of wild rodent habitats.
· STAY OUT of areas that wild rodents inhabit. If you enter areas with wild rodents, wear insect repellent and tuck your pants cuffs into your socks to prevent flea bites.
· AVOID all contact with wild rodents, including squirrels; do not feed or handle them.
· NEVER TOUCH sick or dead animals with your bare hands. Use a long-handled shovel to place dead animals in a garbage bag, and then place the bag in an outdoor garbage can.
· PREVENT rodent infestations around your house. Clear plants and materials away from outside walls, reduce access to food items, and set traps.
· TREAT known rodent sites around your home with flea powder or a suitable insecticide.
Plague occurs naturally in Colorado and is an infectious disease spread by fleas to wild rodents and other small mammals, such as squirrels, rats, prairie dogs, and rabbits. Bubonic plague is the most common form of plague and occurs after a bite from an infected flea. Plague can spread to humans when infected fleas from squirrels, prairie dogs, and other wild rodents bite a human.
Household pets, such as dogs and especially cats, can either get plague or carry infected fleas home to their owners. In rare instances, plague can be transmitted to people from cats sick with plague. “Keeping cats indoors is the best way to protect them from getting plague,” said Malinowski. “In addition, pet owners should discuss with their veterinarians the best way to protect pets from fleas.”
Symptoms of plague infection include high fever, extreme fatigue, and painful swollen lymph nodes (called bubos). If you observe these symptoms in a person or pet, it is important to contact your health care provider or veterinarian immediately. Plague can be treated with antibiotics, but this treatment is most successful when the disease can be diagnosed quickly.
For more information about plague, please visit the BCPH web site at www.BoulderCountyHealth.org, or call the Health Alert Hotline at 303-441-1460.
U.S. Government Chartered Ferry Evacuation
February 22, 2011
A U.S. Government chartered ferry will depart Tripoli from the As-shahab Port in central Tripoli, located on the sea road across from the Radisson Blu Mahari Hotel, for Valletta, Malta on Wednesday, February 23. Processing of passengers will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. local time. U.S. citizen travelers wishing to depart should proceed as soon as possible after 9:00 a.m. to the pier and arrive no later than 10:00 a.m. U.S. citizens will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to persons with medical emergencies or severe medical conditions. The ferry will depart no later than 3:00 p.m.
Travelers should bring valid travel documents and any necessary medications.
Each traveler may bring one suitcase and a small personal carry-on item. Although pets are allowed on the ferry, any pets transported to Malta must meet stringent European Union requirements, which can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/ list_third_en.htm. The U.S. Embassies in Tripoli and Valletta are unable to assist U.S. citizens in obtaining the necessary documents and/or meeting other EU requirements for pet travel. Please note it is routine for pets to be rigorously examined and quarantined for six weeks upon entering Malta. Kenneling to meet Maltese pet requirements will be at the expense of the owner.
U.S. citizens seeking evacuation should be prepared to wait several hours. Travelers are advised to bring food, water, diapers and other necessary toiletries with them to the pier.
U.S. citizens requesting evacuation on U.S. Government-chartered transport must sign paperwork promising to reimburse the U.S. Government for transportation costs at a later date. Exact transportation costs are not yet available, but will be comparable to a one-way commercial ferry trip of a comparable distance on the date of travel. U.S. citizens who travel on U.S. Government–chartered transport will be expected to make their own onward travel plans from Malta.
Immediate family members (spouses and children) who are not U.S. citizens must be documented for entry into the safe haven country and/or the United States, if that is your final destination. A U.S. citizen child may be escorted by one adult, preferably a parent, who has appropriate travel documents. If a family has more than one U.S. citizen child, the one-adult rule still applies. All U.S. citizen travelers and their spouses and children, are required to have valid travel documents. The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli will assist U.S. citizens with travel documents. U.S. citizens who do not hold a valid U.S. passport or visa and are interested in departing Libya via U.S. Government-chartered transportation should contact the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy Tripoli by sending an email to LibyaEmergencyUSC@state.gov or by calling 1-202-501-4444 .
By MATTHEW LEE
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said late Tuesday it has chartered a ferry boat to evacuate Americans from Libya by sea amid increasingly violent unrest in the North African state as Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi vowed further crackdowns on opponents seeking his ouster.
In a notice sent to U.S. citizens in Libya, the department said Americans wishing to leave Libya should report to the As-shahab port in the capital of Tripoli with their passports starting at 9 a.m. local time on Wednesday. The ferry will depart for the Mediterranean island of Malta no later than 3 p.m. local time.
It said boarding the vessel would be on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those with medical emergencies or severe medical conditions. Travelers will be allowed one suitcase and one small carry-on item, the notice said, adding that pets would be allowed on the ferry but that they must meet European Union requirements.
Those who want be evacuated should be prepared to wait several hours and bring food, water and other necessities to the pier, which is on the sea road across from the Radisson Blu Mahari Hotel in Tripoli.
Those who take the ferry will be expected to reimburse the government for the cost, estimated to be equivalent to the one-way commercial ferry crossing of the distance from Tripoli to the Maltese capital of Valletta, it said. Any onward travel from Malta must be paid for by the passengers, the notice said.
Immediate family members of U.S. citizens who are not themselves citizens will be able to board provided they have travel documents valid for their final destination.
The evacuation comes amid deteriorating security conditions throughout Libya, with Gadhafi vowing to defeat opponents that now control cities in the eastern part of the country.
Unsuccessful attempts were made Monday and Tuesday to evacuate by airplane 35 non-essential American diplomats and family members of U.S. Embassy personnel, prompting heightened fears for their safety.
The State Department believes there are about 600 U.S. citizens along with several thousand dual U.S.-Libyan nationals currently in Libya.
City reminds community about wildlife precautions
Recent encounters between coyotes and residents in north Boulder have prompted the city to remind people to use caution whenever a coyote or other wildlife is present, especially when pets are around.
Recent events include: an attack on a dog by a coyote south of Wonderland Lake; a coyote lunging at a dog at the Foothills Community Dog Park; and, an encounter with two coyotes near 4th Street and Lee Hill Drive that forced action by pet guardians.
Incidences like these show that coyotes are predators that should be treated with caution. Most coyotes prey on rabbits, mice, birds and other small animals, but, in urban areas, their prey can include small pets, such as cats and dogs. While attacks on humans are rare, people should take precautions to protect themselves and their pets.
“Coyotes are smart, adaptable predators who quickly learn to take advantage of any newly discovered food source,” said Valerie Matheson, urban wildlife coordinator for the City of Boulder. “It’s important to realize that pets may be seen as prey to coyotes that may attempt to lure pets away from their owners in order to attack them.”
Here are some tips to help avoid problematic encounters with coyotes:
· Do not feed wildlife. Feeding coyotes teaches them to associate people with food.
· Do not approach or encourage interaction with wild animals.
· Keep pets on a leash when outdoors.
· Keep outdoor pets in kennels. Even pets in enclosed yards run the risk of predation, especially at night.
· Keep pet food inside in order to prevent attracting wild animals.
· Remind children to stay close to a group of people. If a child is approached by any wild animal, he or she should walk backwards slowly away to where a group of people are present.
· Teach children that coyotes are wild, unpredictable animals that should never be approached and should only be viewed from a safe distance. If an animal appears ‘jumpy’ or nervous when people move, they are probably too close and should move slowly away to a safer distance.
To report coyote attacks on pets, contact City of Boulder Urban Wildlife Coordinator Valerie Matheson at 303-441-3004 or email@example.com. If you witness coyotes acting aggressively toward a person in Boulder, report the encounter to the Boulder Police Department by calling 303-441-3333. The Colorado Division of Wildlife offers information on how to safely coexist with the numerous animal species that are native to Colorado and the Front Range. For more information, visit the CDOW website at http://wildlife.state.co.us or call 303-297-1192.
|ACCORDING TO PARK RANGERS AND FIRE RADIO TRAFFIC THE fOUR MILE FIRE WAS STARTED BY A PROPANE TRUCK CRASH NEAR FOUR MILE CANYON. the fire moved quickly and got away from county fire fighters. Grounded air tankers too skiddish to fly. caused disaster. 911 reverse failed. no evacuation plans ; bad cell phone caused chaos.
10:33 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010 - Road updates:
DOZENS OF HOMES LOST; FIRE TRUCK BURNED; PEOPLE MISSING; 3000 EVACUATED
10 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010 - Fire crews from approximately 30 local agencies continue to battle the Four Mile Canyon Fire that has burned 3,500 acres and multiple structures. Crews are engaged in “point protection” which includes protecting structures, clearing defensible space around threatened structures, and direct fire suppression.
Approximately 3,000 residents are in the evacuation areas. The Four Mile Canyon Fire is a wind driven fire burning in steep, rocky, and hard to access terrain west and north of the City of Boulder. Requests for state and federal assistance have been requested.
A total of 100 firefighters and 35 engines are currently working the Four Mile Canyon Fire with additional resources available and responding. Aviation resources were able to assist today after the winds calmed down. An estimated 40,000 gallons of retardant were utilized within the fire area today to assist in firefighting operations. Air operations stopped at nightfall and will resume first thing on Tuesday morning.
The current evacuation area includes:
10 p.m. – There will be a press briefing at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Boulder County Justice Center, 6th & Canyon.
8:20 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010 - Press briefing at 8:30 at the Boulder County Justice Center, 6th & Canyon Boulevard.
8:10 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010 - The CU Coors Event Center is open as an overnight shelter. People should enter at the southwest arena entrance, taking Regent Drive to Kittredge Loop. Drivers can drop off the rest of their party at this entrance then proceed to POD-G (public parking), just east of 30th Street and Colorado Boulevard. A shuttle will be provided to transport evacuees people back to the center from the parking area.
The shelter can only accommodate service animals. No pets are allowed, but the humane society in Longmont is accepting small pets. People should bring identification and medications and items to occupy small children. Food will be provided.
7:51 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010 - Boulder Valley Humane Society is no longer accepting animals. Longmont Humane Society still has space and will be open throughout the night.
7:46 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010 - The Nederland Community Center evaculation center is closed. All evacuees who were at the shelter have been accomodated. Anyone trying to go to Boulder from Nederland should use Coal Creek, and not try to travel through Boulder Canyon.
7:40 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010 - There has been some confusion about the call center number. The incident call center can be reached at 303-413-7737.
7:40 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010 – North Boulder Recreation Center evacuation center is closing and evacuees are being directed to the CU Coors Events Center.
7:25 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010: The New Vista High School evacuation center is closed. Evacuees have been directed to the shelter at the CU Coors Events Center.
7:20 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010: The winds have died down, allowing aircraft to get up and running. There are currently three air tankers operating over the wildfire: one single-engine tanker with a 799-gallon capacity and two heavy tankers with a 2,300-gallon capacity each. In addition, two other planes are in the air, assisting them. The tankers are dropping retardant and then returning to Rocky Mountain Regional Airport to refill, with an estimated 20-minute turnaround time. They will operate until it is too dark to do so. In addition, four more heavy air tankers have been ordered from Boise, Idaho. They are expected to arrive this evening and stage at Rocky Mountain Regional Airport until tomorrow morning.
7:15 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010: The campground at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont is open for recreational vehicles. There are approximately 25 sites open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Electrical and sewer hookup available.
6:47 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010: Evacuation area has been expanded from Sugar Loaf Road to the Peak to Peak Highway.
6:45 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010: Parking for evacuees using the Coors Events Center is at POD-G (public parking), just east of 30th Street and Colorado Blvd. A shuttle will be provided to transport evacuees from the parking area to the Coors Events Center.
6:10 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010: The American Red Cross is opening an overnight shelter at the CU Coors Event Center. People should enter at the southwest arena entrance, taking Regent Drive to Kittredge Loop. This facility will open at 6:30 p.m. for all residents displaced by the wildfire. The shelter can only accommodate service animals. No pets are allowed, but the humane societies in Boulder and Longmont are accepting small pets. People should bring identification and medications and items to occupy small children. Food will be provided. Parking may be limited.