What Is Foxtail
It's A Plant That Has Spikes Or Spears
A foxtail is a spikelet or cluster of a grass, that serves to disperse its seeds as a unit. Thus, the foxtail is a type of diaspore or plant dispersal unit. Some grasses that produce a foxtail are themselves called “foxtail”, also “spear grass“. They can become a health hazard for dogs and other domestic animals, and a nuisance for people.
It's Dangerous To Your Dogs
Foxtail has barbed seed heads, and these can work their way into any part of your dog, cat, or even wildlife. They have even been known to get caught in an animal’s skin, which is hard to see in dogs with thick fur. Even worse, they do not dissolve and do not come out on their own.
What's The Problem?
It’s spreading throughout a lot of communities in Calgary, especially in areas where there is a lot of construction. This has led to an uptick in it spreading throughout populated communities, endangering domestic and wild animals.
Now, the real issue is it is very expensive to have them removed at a Vet. Global News, did a whole article on the daily cases Calgary vets were seeing.
On July 27th, 2021, I spent a few hours walking and driving throughout Auburn Bay and Mahagony, all so I can see how widespread the problem is. Keep scrolling to see the pictures I’ve collected.
A Picture Proves The Point A Thousand Times
These pictures are from Auburn Bay, Copperfield Mahagony (mostly Mahagony) and New Brighton.
Earning Your Trust One Step At A Time
Identify Where Calgarians Talk
It’s not just Facebook or Twitter. There are likely dozens of online platforms that Calgarians use to talk. As City Councilor, I intend to identify as many as possible, so I can engage with more Calgarians than ever before.
Listen To Their Problems
By engaging online, more Calgarians will be able to tell me the problems they are facing. Even if we don’t have the solution now, the first step to building trust is listening and making sure you are being heard.
Work On Solutions
With higher engagement, we’ll know quickly what new problems Calgarians are facing. This will allow City Council to act faster to enact solutions to those problems.