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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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Coyote Management Strategies For Homeowners

In reading the news, a story came out from outside of Seattle, Washington in which a coyote attacked and bit a 3-year-old girl. Luckily, the girl's father fought off the coyote; and the girl only suffered a small scratch on her arm. Terrifying, nonetheless."The city of Snoqualmie says within the past 24 hours they’ve had [...]

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Why Use a Trail Camera?

Veteran gardeners have many growing stories to share with beginning growers about successes and failures in the field. Although stories may vary in detail, one common denominator remains the same: wildlife destroy flowerbeds and organic gardens. Although deer may appear to be cute, cuddly and even innocent, they are the most destructive wildlife species in North [...]

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Confirmed CWD in Montana Deer

BILLINGS - Two more cases of chronic wasting disease are suspected in Montana, this time in a white-tailed deer in east of Joliet and a mule deer buck southeast of Bridger, Robert Gibson of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said Friday.The new suspect samples were collected from hunters during the weekend of Nov. 16-17.Fish and [...]

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