Wildlife Woes

By Megan Vick

With constant development all
over our country, there has been an increase in contact between humans and wild
animals (mostly bobcats and some coyotes). Now, it seems bobcats are moving
into highly populated areas like Denver, Colorado and Los Angeles, California. Or,
perhaps, humans are moving into their territory. This new type of “co-habitation”
can have harmful effects on our health.


It seems the bobcat is the newest
species to get up close and personal with humans. Some people report a mother
bobcat raising kittens in their backyard, while others see them in the tree
tops hunting. Firstly, it is very important that you DO NOT feed or attempt to
pet bobcats! While they may seem extra fluffy and extra adorable, bobcats are
still extremely wild animals and can easily hurt you.


You should also note that having
wild animals living in close proximity to your home can create some issues for
your water supply. Animals, cats especially, may have disease-causing parasites
in their digestive tracts. When bobcats, you know, do their business, those
parasites are deposited on the ground where they can make their way into the
water supply.


Studies from the National Science Foundation's Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) program show that humans and wild animals come in contact with each other more and more frequently each year. Sam Scheiner from the EEID said, "This study demonstrates that we and our wild animal neighbors are
closely interconnected in ways that affect the health of us all."


Parasites and microbialcysts like Toxoplasma gondii, Giardia duodenalis, and Cryptosporidium can
cause upset stomachs and diarrhea. Luckily, these little nasties can easily be
removed with a filter of .5 microns or smaller. Most refrigerator
water filters
meet this description. If you have any questions about the micron
rating of your filter, contact our customer service team at 800-683-8353 or support@fridgefilters.com.


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