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Just One Look

Ah, the delights of fall: blue sky, the crunch of leaves beneath your feet, the hiss of a rattlesnake by your side . . . . Thanks to an abundant food supply this year, prairie rattlers like these have proliferated on the mesa, especially on the south side of the Mesa Lab. New signs are in place warning hikers and other visitors. Facilities Support Services has been working with University of Colorado herpetologist David Chiszar (husband of shuttle driver Joan Chiszar) to assess the problem and determine whether the rattling reptiles ought to be moved. If so, an informal group of staff who helped relocate prairie dogs from the Foothills Lab will be asked for input. Contact Mary Ann Ciuffini, ext. 1806, mac@ucar.edu, or Pat Harris, ext. 8534, pharris@ucar.edu, if you'd like to be in the loop. Meanwhile, staying on sidewalks and paths and stepping carefully should keep you out of the way of these critters, who won't attack unless seriously threatened. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

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