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Don’t Feed Red Foxes: Council Wants to Get Tough

first_imgSaying he’s heard reports from neighbors of Brown’s Restaurant that they’ve witnessed children leaving plates of doughnuts for red foxes, Councilman Mike DeVlieger said Thursday that he’d like the city to consider creating an ordinance specifically prohibiting feeding the wild animals.“There’s a certain level of intelligence you have to have to tell your children not to feed the foxes,” DeVlieger said in a half-hearted attempt to be diplomatic at the public council meeting on Thursday.Business Administrator Jim Mallon said he believes an existing ordinance about feeding wildlife would suffice in allowing the city to post signs on the boardwalk near Brown’s and enforce the ban.A sign at Brown’s asks customers not to feed the foxes. Credit: Noel WirthBrown’s has posted its own signs asking customers not to feed the animals.Ocean City is home to a growing population of red foxes, and the animals are becoming increasingly comfortable with their human neighbors. (See gallery of reader photos of red foxes in Ocean City.)With pups grown enough to leave their dens by June, fox sightings increase in late spring and early summer — particularly on trash nights and in places where people might be feeding them, according to Bill Hollingsworth, executive director of the Humane Society of Ocean City, which is responsible for animal control in the municipality._________Also from City Council on Thursday:Council Takes Power to Clean Up Eyesore Gas Stations: Council RoundupPickleball Players Rally for Permanent Home in Ocean City_________The Humane Society is not allowed to euthanize a healthy animal, and state law forbids them from relocating wildlife off the island (except to rehabilitation centers willing to accept them), Hollingsworth told OCNJ Daily last year. There are several active dens in Ocean City, he said.Hollingsworth said in the four years the Humane Society has been doing animal control in Ocean City, it has received no report of aggressiveness to people or animals and it has identified no rabid or diseased foxes.“People don’t need to be afraid of them,” he said. “They do come out.”He said people should be educated about them — never feed them, use lids on trash cans and use outdoor lighting to keep them away from backyards. They are most active in the early morning and late evening.The animals typically are less visible as the kits grow older and the peak summer crowds arrive.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebook A red fox poses for photographs by passing boardwalk pedestrians in the evening next to Brown’s Restaurant on the Ocean City Boardwalk at St. Charles Place.last_img read more

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Panel says adult stem-cell study flawed

first_imgA panel of experts commissioned by the university concluded that the process used to identify tissue derived from the adult stem cells was “significantly flawed, and that the interpretations based on these data, expressed in the manuscript, are potentially incorrect.” MINNEAPOLIS – A scientific panel says a 2002 study that suggested adult stem cells might be as useful as embryonic ones was flawed and its conclusions may be wrong, a finding that raises questions about the promise of a less controversial source for stem cells. The research by Catherine Verfaillie at the University of Minnesota concluded that adult stem cells taken from the bone marrow of mice could grow into an array of biological tissues, including brain, heart, lung and liver. So far only embryonic stem cells, which are commonly retrieved by destroying embryos at an early stage of development, are known to hold such regenerative promise. Many scientists believe they might one day be used to treat certain diseases and other conditions. Opponents of stem cell research seized on the 2002 findings as evidence that stem cell science could move forward without destroying embryos. But Verfaillie has acknowledged flaws in parts of the study after inquiries from the British magazine New Scientist. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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