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Conservancy Times Public can help keep Catalina Island's Wildlife wild Feeding wild animals can be destructive to the environment BY ALEXA JOHNSON Catalina has spectacular oppor- tunities to view wildlife. Between the thriving marine ecosystem and vibrant landscape, numerous spe- cies find refuge on and around the Island. To keep the island's wildlife healthy, it's essential that it not be fed by humans. Feeding wild- life changes natural behaviors, including feeding and migration activities. It also decreases their willingness to forage for food on their own. Carnivores, such as the endem- ic Catalina Island fox, typically invest six to 12 months teach- ing their young how to hunt so they will be sdf-rdiant once=riley disperse from their parents' terri- tory. Animals who are being fed by humans are not receiving the valuable parental teaching time they need to hone their skills and may find themselves inept at hunt- ing on their own and unable to survive. Often times, the items that are fed to wild animals don't con- tain the nutrients they need or can be contaminated or spoiled. Ruminants, such as deer, rely on the microorganisms in their gut to obtain nutrients, and it may take three weeks or more for those microbes to adjust to a new food source. Deer, therefore, can eat until their stomachs are full but still starve to death due to a nutri- ent deficiency when microbes don't have enough time to adjust. Wild animals naturally fear people. Humans feeding them can cause the wild animals to 10se their natural wariness of humans. In those cases, they can become aggressive, and they have been known to injure people. Increased human interaction also results in higher stress levels, which increase the animal's metabolism and decrease the effectiveness of their immune system. Animals fed by humans are drawn to roadways where they may be killed by vehicles. Fed animals also tend to cluster unnat- uraUy and are subject to density- dependent diseases and competi- tive aggression. Additionally, feeding wildlife is a violation of California Fish and Wildlife laws. Under Title 14 Section 251.1 of the California Code of Regulation, feeding wild- life is a form of harassment, and those found guilty are subject to citations. The iconic bison herd on the Island is not native to Catalina. The bison are registered as live- stock, rather than wildlife, and are managed by the Catalina Island Conservancy in the same way free range cattle are managed. Do not attempt to feed the bison. Even though they are registered as live- stock, they are large, unpredict- able animals, and dangerous.. The bison have been provid- ed supplemental food at various times over the past decades. This year, in response to a decline in forage due to the drought, the Catalina Island Conservancy has been periodically providing hay to the herd at several locations on the Island. To protect wildlife, secure gar- bage, pet food, and other food sources to prevent incidental feed- ing. When hiking, camping, or backpacking, use appropriate food storage methods. Please remem- ber: Foxes, ravens, and squirrels are experts at snatching unsecure food. Alexa Johnson is the Catalina Island Conservancy's Outreach and Naturalist Training Specialist. For more informa- tion, please visit catalinaconser- vancy.org. City Vehicle Hearing is set for today The City of Avalon has been conducting noise-testing of resi- dential autoette-size vehicles since February 2014 as part of the annu- al city permit registration. The vehicles that did not meet the described standard were issued temporary permits, which allows a 6-month grade period from April 1 until the end of the registration Brunch From page 6 Hostesses are asked to work in pairs to set up their table, serve guests and clean up after the event has ended. Table hostesses will bring their own serving pieces and decora- tions from home-and set up a fes- tive tablescape. Hostesses do not need to pur- Chase tickets, because they attend for free. Their time and effort are price- less. Entertain without having to clean house or cook a thing.., the delicious breakfast meal and bev- erages are provided. This annual gathering is a unique opportunity to be an encouragement to Catalina ladies by offering something simple yet beautiful, spiritual yet non-threat- ening, delightful, available and affordable yet memorable. Guests are also asked to bring canned food for the local food pan- try. What a blessing to share with those less fortunate. Start asking friends, co-work- ers, neighbors and acquaintances to attend on Dec. 6. A personal invitation to the Catalina Ladies Christmas Brunch is a great way to make a friend or spend quality time with a co- worker or neighbor. THE CATALINA ISLANDER period, which happened to be Oct. 1. The information will be pre- sented at the Vehicle Hearing will be held on Friday, Nov. 7. To read the hearing's agenda, visit http:// Www.cityofavalon.com/. The vehicles that have expired city vehicle permits may be cited on a daily basis, if parked on city streets or properties, where Avalon Code Enforcement is per- mitted to write tickets. Catalina Island Foxby Julie King. ( PLANNING COMMISSION CITY OF AVALON NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 5.'00 p.m. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Avalon Planning Commission will hold PUBLIC HEARINGS to consider the following items at the November meeting to be held on Wednesday, November 19 2014, at 5.' p.m., in the COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 410 AVALON CANYON ROAD, AVALON CALIFORNIA. A Public Hearing for an.Addendum to the adopted Mitigated Negative Declaration and Site Plan Application for the Casino Fuel Dock at 2 Casino Way. The project site is located in the Coastal Zone, and will receive a local coastal permit from the Coastal Commission. Owner: City of Avalon Applicant: Same Location: 2 Casino Way APN: 7480-021-006 PC#2571 Zone: Resort Recreational File Date: October 17, 2014 A Public Hearing for a Side Yard Setback Variance, and Site Plan application to add 111.5 additional square feet to a site plan that is currently under construction at 333 Wrigley Road. (A determination as to this project's status under the California Environmental Quality section 15303. New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures Act will be made by the Commission) This project does not require a Coastal Permit Development Permit. Owner: Gary and Kellie Johnson Applicant: Fine Line Construction Location: 333 Wrigley Road APN: 7480-007-041 PC#2572 Zone: Medium Density File Date: October 24, 2014 RECESS RECONVENE 6:00 pm A Public Hearing for a Site Plan, Coastal Development Permit, Lot Coverage Variance, Conditional Use Permit for Restaurant/Bar/Caf, Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation Monitoring Plan for a new 23,044 sq. ft. Grocery store. This project is not located in the coastal appeal zone. Owner: Santa Catalina Island Company Applicant: Vons Location 234 Sumner Avenue APN: A portion of 7480-016-009 PC# 2573 Zone: Commercial File Date: October 17, 2014 Members from the Public who would like to address the Planning Commission may appear at the public hearing during the consideration of this item and state their opinion. Written comments may also be submitted to the Planning Department, attention Planning Director Cook, PO Box 707, Avalon, CA 90704 prior to the Planning Commission's consideration of the item. If you challenge the actions of the Planning Commission in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. Anyone may appeal any decision made by tile Commission to the City Council. To appeal, you must file a written appeal, and include an appeal fee of $908.00 with the City Clerk within fifteen (15) calendar days of such action. All actions on Local Coastal Development permits seaward of the appealable area boundary (within 300 ft. of established mean high tide line) may be appealed by any aggrieved person to the Coastal Commission. By: Amanda Cook Director of Planning Posted: City Hall Friday, November 7, 2014 Catalina Islander Friday, November 7, 2014 Friday, November 7, 2014 i 11