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Warning Signs Of Chronic Wasting Disease

News reports about deer are springing out this season with cause for concern of Chronic Wasting Disease. This fatal, neurological disease affects the deer species including white-tailed deer, mule deer and elk. Although Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is not a concern for humans, as far as we know, there is a concern among livestock animals [...]

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Wild Animals Carrying Tick Diseases

Humans, pets and even livestock animals can get a tick bite and be exposed to Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses; but where are the ticks coming from? Although we are quick to blame white-tailed deer, the truth is that there are other types of wildlife that are spreading tick illnesses from animal to animal. [...]

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Faster Lyme Disease Tests: Coming Soon

New tools that could dramatically improve the diagnosis of Lyme disease are already available and should have a role nationwide, according to recommendations born out of a brainstorming conference at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.Reporting in the current issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, scientists underscored that newer, more precise diagnostic testing can be developed using off-the-shelf [...]

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Pennsylvania Deer Test Positively For CWD

HARRISBURG — Four captive white-tailed deer — three on a hunting preserve in Franklin County and one on a preserve in Fulton County — have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced Friday.The new diagnosis brings the total number of afflicted Pennsylvania deer to 44 since the disease was first [...]

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Cat Care Tips For Outdoor Cats

When I was a little girl, I fell in love with an outdoor cat that I nicknamed Cathy (no, she did not have a collar). Week after week, Cathy would come to the back porch where I played with her before she wandered elsewhere. My parents were allergic to cats; and they would not allow [...]

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Coyote Attacks Dog In Backyard

Recent news out of Chicago shows a dog playing in the backyard when it was attacked by a coyote. Thankfully, the dog was not killed; but was severely injured. The coyote was chased away by the homeowner. Homeowners are encouraged to install an outdoor dog enclosure in the backyard to avoid wildlife encounters. Coyotes and wolves will [...]

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Montana Tells Wyoming "Stop Feeding Elk!"

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — Montana wildlife officials are asking their Wyoming counterparts to stop feeding elk after chronic wasting disease has appeared in the state. Jackson Hole News and Guide reports the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission sent a letter last week to the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, saying their elk feeding practices could accelerate [...]

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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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