Update on Prairie Dog Plague
September 26, 2014 - Preliminary results came back positive for plague in the prairie dog colony on the south side of TrailMark. Public health is posting notices warning people to avoid the area. Jeffco Open Space has yet to determine if they want to close the whole park. The loop trail actually goes through all of the colonies, and at this time it is not known if the outbreak has run its course or will impact the other sites. It is recommended to the community to avoid using the park for the time being. If you can't, at least leave pets home and wear bug spray to prevent bites from fleas. It is also important to keep cats inside as they are susceptible to plague whereas dogs are not. People should not pick up a dead rodent if they encounter it in the park.
Important News from Jeffco Open Space
On September 22, 2014, the Natural Resources section of Jefferson County Open Space started their annual prairie dog monitoring on the Hildebrand Ranch colonies, specifically the large colony to the south of TrailMark. During their surveying, several dead prairie dogs were observed along with a significant lack of above-ground activity. Public Health was contacted to request a test for plague. They arrived on site, grabbed some fleas as well as a few carcasses for testing. Currently, there are no results, but Public Health has placed some cautionary signs up recommending folks to stay out of the area. JCOS is also putting up information on Facebook and Twitter with a map of the “caution zone”. At this time they are not instituting a park closure, but are highly recommending folks either stick to the north side of the park or choose a different park altogether until they know the test results. Jeffco Open Space will keep TrailMark abreast of the situation as it develops.
More information - http://jeffco.us/parks/news/2014/visitors-advised-to-avoid-section-of-hildebrand-ranch-park-due-to-plague-potential/
Bear Sighting in TrailMark
The HOA Board has received a report of a bear near homes between S Dover Way and S Dudley Way Friday night, July 25th. If you see a bear in the neighborhood, please report it to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 303-791-1954 or after hours emergency call the Colorado State Patrol, 303-239-4500.
All residents are encouraged to:
• Remove all bird feeders.
• Put trash out only on the morning of pickup. Do not leave trash outside overnight
• Keep garage doors closed when not in use.
• Close and lock all ground level windows and doors.
For more information on how to bear proof your home, visit www.wildlife.state.co.us/bears.
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