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FLC Region

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Fort Collins, CO
United States

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NWRC in Fort Collins, CO is a state-of-the-art animal research facility situated on 43 acres adjacent to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains (Fig. 1). Approximately two-thirds of NWRC's 160-person staff are located in Fort Collins; the remainder of the highly specialized staff are located throughout seven field stations across the U.S. (FL, HI, MS, ND, OH, OR, UT), where they primarily address regional wildlife damage management issues.

NWRC, Fort Collins, CO, indoor animal research and testing facilities consist of 25,000 sq. ft. of temperature and humidity-controlled animal rooms of various configurations (Fig. 2 A, B). Many of these rooms can simulate environments ranging from cool temperate to tropical. In addition, there are four large rooms that can fully simulate natural environments inclusive of full-spectrum sunlight and rain. NWRC’s Outdoor Animal Research Facility consists of 23 acres of research space with numerous structures (Fig. 2C). These structures include three rodent vivaria; a one-acre outdoor aviary that can be divided into sixths and is irrigated for growth of crops; 14 open/enclosed structures that are reconfigurable to house birds and a variety of sizes of wild mammals; and an enclosed building capable of housing aquatic birds and mammals. The Animal Care Unit employees seven biological science technicians to maintain full animal care services seven days per week. There is a veterinarian and a veterinary technician on staff to offer veterinary medical support with on-call support available 24/7. Ancillary facilities for veterinary support include two necropsy suites, a surgical suite, a digital radiology unit, and medical treatment rooms. The Animal Care unit maintains a variety of gas anesthesia equipment and can supply other biologicals as necessary.

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