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Fox From page 1 listed under the BSA in 2004, the Wildlife Service and its part- ners have worked to eliminate or greatly reduce the primary threats facing the subspecies, namely pre- dation, disease and low population numbers. The best available scientific data now suggests that populations of these Island Fox subspecies have recovered to self-sustaining levels. To ensure that northern Channel Island Fox populations remain secure well into the future, the Wildlife Service is also pro- posing a monitoring plan. According to the Wildlife ser- vice, this represents the fastest successful recovery of any mam— mal listed as an endangered spe— cies in the United States. “The remarkable recovery efforts of land managers and con— servation partners over the past two decades on behalf of the Channel Island Fox is the rea— son for this historic recovery suc— cess,” said Dan Ashe, director of NOW lN THE ATM/Al ER PASSAGEWAY (Mimi ‘r’uv MfI‘ltn r- 5m . ,w running for mayor I am running for mayor to bring leadership, transparency and long-term thinking to the position. Our community continues to face a multitude of challenges; addressing those challenges requires leadership, a balanced economy and sensible government with an eye on future planning. This is going to take cooperation, vision and leaders who govern for the long -term success of Avalon. I feel our community’s future is too important to be sacrificed with short-term thinking. it is imperative to me that everyone understands the council’s reasoning and feels that their voice is heard on every decision the Avalon City Council makes, whether you agree or disagree with the the Wildlife Service. “The speed at which these subspecies have recovered points to the strength of the (Endangered Species Act) in focusing conservation attention and catalyzing recovery actions, and demonstrates what we can achieve together.” On March 5, 2004, four of the six subspecies of Island Fox endemic to the California Channel Islands were listed as endangered following catastrophic population declines of over 90 percent, due primarily to predation by golden eagles on the northern Channel Islands and a canine distem- per outbreak on Santa Catalina Island. According to the Island Conservancy, Catalina Island was unique from the other Channel Islands in the cause of its fox population decline. Its population» declined from more than 1,300 to about 100 because of an outbreak of canine distemper virus ikely brought to the Island a Stowaway raccoon. An adaptive management program — which included captive breeding Transparency and the equal application of city policies and regulations should be the expectation, not the exception. While serving a a City. Councilmember, Ihave proven to be a leader witha compassionate heat and a long- term vision ofan eonomically strong and culturaly diverse community of Avaion. I run several buinesses and have a family in A'alon — my dedication to the suit of this community is paramount. I volunteer with theralon Rotary Club, Catalna Island Women’s Forum, fatalina Island Chamber otCommerce. My background inaccounting and human resoure management compements the city’s need for financial oversight, practica. organization from 2001 to 2004, vaccinations against CDV, translocations and monitoring—restored the fox'pop- ulation to its pre-crash numbers. In 2015, the Conservancy’s survey of the fox population determined there are about 1,800 foxes on the Island. According to the Wildlife Service, the potential for a dis- ease outbreak remains an existing threat to the fox. Therefore, the Wildlife Service recommends the subspecies’ status be reclassified from endangered to threatened. You may submit com— ments by any of the following methods: E-mail: fw8islandfox@fws.gov US Mail: Field Supervisor; US. Fish and Wildlife Wildlife Service; Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office; 2493 Portola Road, Suite B; Ventura, CA 93003. Fax: Attn: Field Supervisor; US. Fish and Wildlife Wildlife Service; Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office; 805—644—3958. For more information, visit http://ventura.fws.gov. ,v; ‘1... fr; .._ ».. ' A Catalina Island Fox. Photo by Julie King Show up, tune in and work out with Fitness on Demand?” group fitness at your fingertips. Exclusively at Island Spa Catalina. Stop in or can 310.5i017300 for schedule sums" MST EE AT LE/élST ONCEinYOUR LIFETIME .1.- Cmmec: .Zifeaven fart/i HEN YUN291§ e «is. .. . MA 19— APP. '50. 2016 Long Beach Claremcnt Nerthridge Bakersféeéd Thousand Oaks decision that is made. and strong infrastructure. Paid political advertisement Paid for by Cinde MacGugan—Cassidy for Mayor Costa Mesa Del‘mtown if: San.“ Batb‘r= iiié‘cxtxtmx‘istmea ' " ' Friday, February 19, 26'