September 1, 2014
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin is asking people to refrain from
feeding squirrels at the state Capitol because they might
inadvertently feed a child with a peanut allergy.
The state sent a letter Monday to tenants of a downtown Madison
office building, asking whomever has been feeding the squirrels on
the Capitol lawn to please stop.
Ron Blair, of the Division of State Facilities, writes in the
letter that someone has been carpeting the Capitol lawn with
peanuts. He says the indiscriminate nut-tossing might pose a risk
because thousands of school children tour the building each year
and some might have peanut allergies.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that between
4 percent and 8 percent of children have a food allergy, with
peanuts being one of the most common.