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Councilmember Susan Wengraf 
Councilmember Susan Wengraf

Newsletter #13 

October, 2010

top    Dear District 6 Neighbors and Friends,
    I am sending you this newsletter earlier than usual so that you get information about our Community Town Hall Meeting, as well as updates about free flu shots, mountain lion sightings, and aggressive deer behavior.  I hope that you can get your free flu shot on Tuesday and join us at our town hall meeting on Wednesday.
Included in this newsletter is information about:
  1. Community Town Hall Meeting
  2. Free flu shots
  3. Aggressive deer
  4. Mountain lions
MeetingCommunity Meeting - Fire & Earthquake
    If you are concerned about potential fire danger and earthquake safety, please join us for a presentation by Berkeley Fire Chief Pryor at our Community Meeting on Wednesday October 13th! Find out what the City of Berkeley is doing to keep you and your loved ones safe!  Find out what you and your neighbors could be doing! Give us your suggestions to make Berkeley a safer city.  Other topics will include instant run-off voting, and time for general questions.  
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fluFree Flu Vaccination Clinic
When:   Tuesday, October 12, 2010
             3:00 - 7:00 pm
Where:  Berkeley Adult School
             1701 San Pablo Avenue
    Seniors and those requiring special accommodations should park in the back lot and enter on Curtis Street. 
  • Vaccinations available in shot & nasal mist form
  • The wait time will vary.
  • Dress for the weather, and keep in mind that you should wear something that makes it easy to receive an injection.  A short sleeve shirt is ideal!
  • Those requiring special accommodations such as a translator should call (510) 981-5300 or (510) 981-6903 (TDD) prior to the flu clinic to make arrangements
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deerAggressive Deer in North Berkeley
Deer    Last week I met with representatives from the City of Berkeley Animal Control Dept., State of CA. Fish and Game, and a UC biologist specializing in urban deer to discuss reports about deer attacking humans and their dogs in North Berkeley. The meeting was very informative for me. Here is a summary of what I learned:
  • The deer we see in our residential neighborhoods have found habitat in our yards and parks, not unlike raccoons, squirrels and other wildlife. 
  • To relocate deer to more "appropriate" habitat is a death sentence. Evidence shows that 95% of deer do not survive after relocation.
  • Current oral birth control methods are effective for only two years and are difficult and expensive to distribute. 
  • All reported aggressive deer interactions have happened during the same four-week period in the Spring, when mothers are protecting their babies. They have all included interactions with dogs. Reported interactions are a very small number per year. 
  • Berkeley Animal Control picks up 50 to 60 dead deer per year within Berkeley. That number has not changed since the mid 1990's when the numbers were briefly higher. On the whole, there is no evidence that deer numbers have increased significantly in the past 15 years.
  • Bucks will rarely attack dogs or humans. 
    If you have an unpleasant encounter with a deer, please report it immediately to Animal Care Services at 981-6600.
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lionMountain Lions in North Berkeley
Mountain Lion    I'm sure that you all have heard or read about the unfortunate shooting of a two year old male mountain lion on Walnut St in North Berkeley last month.  Recently there was an additonal sighting of a mother and two cubs at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab property, close to Grizzly Peak and Centennial Drive.  The mountain lions did not exhibit any aggressive behavior during these sightings.

The Lab has issued the following information and safety tips:
  • Mountain lions are quiet, solitary and elusive, and typically avoid people.  
  • Mountain lion attacks on humans are extremely rare.  However, conflicts are increasing as California's human population expands into mountain lion habitat. 
  • Do not hike, bike, or jog alone.
  • Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active - dawn, dusk, and at night. 
  • Keep a close watch on small children. 
  • Do not approach a mountain lion.  If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run;  instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms;  throw rocks or other objects.  Pick up small children. 
  • If attacked, fight back.
      If you see a mountain lion attacking a person, immediately call 911.
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Susan Wengraf
Berkeley City Council District 6
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