KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," Sunday, 10/10/10, 7:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Kathie Schroeder, a wildlife rehabilitator at Tohono Chul Park. She talks about the animals she rehabilitates includsing hawks,bighorn sheep and bobcats.  She says bobcats are solitary animals and are not agressive.  They are coming into populated areas in increasing numbers but are not a threat to humans.  She says they typically feed on rodents but will also eat cats and other smaller pets.  She says if a bocat appears in your backyard, keep pets indoors and the cat will most likely move on in a day or two. 

Also on the show is new Tohono Chul Park Executive Director Christine Conte.  She had previous experience at Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and the Nature Conservancy and says there is an inter-connection between all such organizations.  She says southern Arizona is an excellent steward of the environment, especially with regards the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, which she says is guiding regional efforts to conserve the best lands and most precious resources for future generations. 

Jo Falls, Director of Public Programs at Tohono Chul Park, wraps up the discussion by takinbg about some of the upcoming events, including the Fall Desert Corner Plant Sale, the "park After Dark" fundraiser Octobver 22, and the annual "Fall Fiesta" fundraiser November 5.  She says such events help sustain the operation of the facility, along with admission fees, grants and donations.