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Volunteers Step Forward for Coyote-Control Experiment

July 31, 1998|DEBRA CANO

An experiment using lithium chloride to prevent coyote attacks on pets in the city could start soon, now that volunteers have stepped forward.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has agreed to help, city officials announced this week. The experiment had been delayed due to a lack of volunteers.

At this week's council meeting, Councilman Barry L. Denes called for action on the ongoing coyote problem, citing recent encounters with coyotes in his backyard and a near attack on his miniature dachshund.

"You have to something to protect yourself. . . ." Denes said. "We need to do something to help the city."

Dr. Stuart Ellins, a Cal State San Bernardino professor, received state approval in May to begin his experiment. He plans to lace dog and cat carcasses with lithium chloride, which would make predators sick and discourage them from attacking domestic pets.

Those interested in volunteering can call the city. A meeting with volunteers is scheduled Monday at City Hall. Information: (714) 998-1500.

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