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What To Plant In February

Winter is a challenging time for a gardener, especially gardeners living in states dealing with frigid temperatures and frozen grounds. But, don't let the snow fool you; there are many types of plants to grow in February that can begin indoors or in greenhouses.VegetablesSome vegetables to plant in February include: tomatoes (in warmer conditions), celery, [...]

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Iowa Ban On Rescue Deer

Iowa groups that rescue and rehabilitate wildlife must turn away whitetail deer to avoid inadvertently spreading a deadly animal disease, state officials say.The Iowa Department of Natural Resources notified 90 volunteers and groups in December that the state would no longer give permits to groups that rehabilitate whitetail deer, most often fawns.The state wants to [...]

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Lone Star Ticks Do Not Spread Lyme

While ticks are responsible for the spread of Lyme Disease; not all ticks transmit the disease. In fact, up until recently, we have been pointing the finger at the Lone Star Tick for contributing to the spread of Lyme Disease. Now, we learn that Lone-Star Ticks do not have a voice in the matter. While Lone [...]

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How To Repel Groundhogs

In honor of Punxsutawney Phil, and Groundhog Day, I think it's appropriate that we talk about how to repel groundhogs from gardens. Like rabbits and other small critters, ground hogs are destructive garden pests that use teeth scissor action to chew through fencing and eat flowers. What's worse, groundhogs dig and create underground trail systems [...]

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Elk Herds Rise In Northern Yellowstone

The elk herd that resides in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park and the southern end of Montana’s Paradise Valley is growing, according to a new count conducted by state and park biologists.During aerial surveys earlier this month, biologists from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Yellowstone National Park counted 7,579 elk in what’s [...]

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How To Be a Responsible Pet Owner

February marks Responsible Pet Ownership Month, a time for pet owners to spend extra time with their pets. If you are wondering how to be a responsible pet owner, you must do the following:ID Pets - When you take dogs and cats home from the humane society or animal shelter, ID them. Or, register dog micro-chips. [...]

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Winter Tick Activity Is Rising

Although ticks are most active in the warm months beginning in March, tick activity is a concern for temperatures above freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit). We are already hearing about ticks in the winter, as the temperatures oddly increase into the 50's and 60's in some parts of the country. This is a problem not just for hikers [...]

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Best Fence For Dogs

Take a moment to think about how stir crazy you get after being inside for eight hours. All you want to do is move around and stretch, right? Well, your dog is no different; and this is only one reason why pet owners need to invest in a yard fence for dogs. Dogs are really just [...]

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Spring Planning For Deer Management

Winter has brought hardships for wildlife as well as for growers. Farmers are not selling crops because there are few to be had. Gardeners are hardly planting because the ground is frozen; and wildlife, well, they know that natural resources are scarce. Although it may seem that we are still in the heart of winter, [...]

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Elk Poacher Arrested In Oklahoma

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Oklahoma - Oklahoma Game wardens said a Cherokee County man went to extreme efforts to poach an elk and tried to cover it up.Investigators used DNA evidence and X-rays to build a case against him. After a months-long investigation, three people are now in jail.It was an elk that once had the freedom to [...]

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