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Michigan Deer Farm Confirms CWD

MECOSTA COUNTY, MI - Chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in a one-year-old Mecosta County farmed deer, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.This is the first case of a Mecosta County CWD positive farmed deer since January 2017, when a different farmer submitted two positive samples, DNR wildlife biologist Ryan Soulard said.It is [...]

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Panicking Deer Leap To Death On Highway

A herd of deer leaped to their deaths from a highway bridge in Iowa, leaving horrified drivers in shock after watching the “panicked” animals perish.Catherine Veerhusen and her husband spotted the herd — a buck and three does — while driving along the Cedar Rapids bridge Sunday. The couple then saw the buck dart across [...]

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Why Use High Tensile Fence?

When farmers and gardeners think about fence installation, they consider many factors: aesthetics, cost, garden protection and deer management. As growers outweigh the pros and cons of each fence type, they may see that not all fences are created equally. When we talk to growers, they say they need the strongest fence; and of course [...]

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Ticks in the Cretaceous Period

Frozen in place inside a piece of 100-million-year-old amber, the hard tick grasps the fine barbs that comprise a single feather, which the study authors from the Spanish Geological Survey (IGME) say belonged to a theropod, a large family of dinosaurs that included Tyrannosaurus rex and velociraptors. These days, ticks are known to feast on [...]

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Tick Control In Winter

Generally speaking, most bugs go dormant in the winter season - great news for outdoor enthusiasts. (Give a cheer, mosquitoes are gone!) But, there is one disease-carrying bug that still remains a threat to gardeners, campers, hikers and walkers: the black-legged tick. Although tick activity is high in the warm months beginning in spring, tick bites [...]

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California Regions With Elk Sightings

In a state of nearly 40 million, with majestic landscapes and an abundance of plants to eat, it's no wonder why deer and elk are choosing to call California home. Here are the top regional areas in California with elk sightings (courtesy of the SF Chronicle):Greater Bay Area: Point Reyes National Seashore, at Pierce Ranch [...]

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Deer Herd Wandering In EastPort

Tess Ftorek of Eastport posted a video to her Facebook account last Tuesday that she thought would surely shock many of her Maine friends.In it, a herd of deer — perhaps 10 or 12 — meandered around on a lawn as Ftorek and her husband, Steve, sat in their car, waiting for the animals to [...]

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WA Deer and Elk Unharmed By Wolves

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The growing population of wolves in eastern Washington state does not appear to be hurting the populations of deer, elk and other ungulates.A report issued this week by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife looked at ungulate populations between fiscal 2015 and 2017. The report concluded that none of the ungulate [...]

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Agricultural Damage By Wildlife

Don't give in to the doe eyes. Deer aren't so innocent.If you live in suburban and rural settings, you most likely see deer coming out of the woodwork towards home gardens in search of food. Today, there are approximately 30 million white-tailed deer and over 3 million mule deer (elk) roaming around properties and home [...]

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Deer Damage Prevention At Grape Vineyards

Winemakers, you will soon be planting grapes late winter-early spring to begin your journey into wine making. Now is the time to develop a deer management strategy to keep away hungry deer from grape vines. Here are deer control techniques to implement:Deer FencingWhite-tailed deer are nosy animals; and if they smell a sweet, delightful scent, [...]

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