New Mexico's Pet ResourceSPRING 2002


REGIONAL NEWS

A.C.A.T. EVENTS CALENDAR
Photos by Cindy Richards


Medici was raised by hand, along with his siblings, by a nice older couple.
He was recently adopted by a lovely older woman who had previously adopted a cat from A.C.A.T. and wanted a companion for him.

Every Saturday: A.C.A.T. adoption clinic. PETCO on San Mateo & Academy, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Every Thursday: Tune in to Channel 13 early morning news between 6 and 7 a.m. to see A.C.A.T.'s weather cat of the week, compliments of Bill Wood and Channel 13.

March 23: Easter Bake Sale at PETCO, San Mateo & Academy.

March 30: Raffle tickets go on sale. Can purchase at any Saturday adoption clinic or by calling (505) 323-2228.

May 17 and 18: A.C.A.T. Yard Sale. We need stuff, volunteers and buyers. Call (505) 323-2228 for information.

July 27 and 28: TICA Regional Cat Show hosted by Enchanted Cat Club of New Mexico. Albuquerque Convention Center. A.C.A.T. will have a booth selling cat lover's gift items and giving out information about A.C.A.T.

Toes was a stray living under someone's porch.
He was given this name because he was a polydactyl cat.
Toes had a great personality and was adopted from A.C.A.T.
by a college student who really loves him!


PRAIRIE DOG RELOCATION

The site for the City of Farmington's new main library was chosen some time ago. The presently vacant lot, like so many in town, had a small resident population of prairie dogs. The folks at the Farmington Library knew that the new building and the prairie dogs couldn't coexist, so they researched the situation and put together a plan to relocate as many members of the colony as possible in advance of construction. The plan was to accomplish the relocation by a partnership among the Library staff, staff from the city Animal Control and Parks and Recreation Department the Bureau of Land Management, and community volunteers coordinated by the San Juan Animal League. The start date for the project has been kicked back because the dogs are not out and about yet but there are folks watching the lot closely for signs of activity.

A number of methods for relocating prairie dogs have been developed over the years. A leader in this field has been the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department. First and foremost, a suitable new home must be found for the colony. The Bureau of Land Management helped locate an abandoned prairie dog town on federal land to serve as a new home for the relocatees. The Farmington Library staff chose to employ a trapping technique. While somewhat labor intensive, it requires a minimum of equipment and supplies. The technique can be summarized as follows: Step 1 occurs about a week in advance of the relocation and involves dusting the holes of the exiting colony to kill fleas. In Step 2, live traps are set and baited. Traps are locked open at this time, with the idea of getting the dogs used to eating a sweet mix inside the cages. Rebaiting occurs for a couple days. The last step is the actual trapping and relocation, all done in a single day. The baited traps are set to spring the doors closed and as dogs are caught they are recaged for transport to their new home.

A detailed explanation of the trapping technique as well as a wealth of information prairie dogs is available at the following web site:
www.ci.boulder.co.us/openspace/nature/pdogs_management.html


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