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November 5, 2012

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Lyme disease a real lemon

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More removal hints

Remove attached ticks as soon as they are discovered to reduce the risk of contracting tick-borne diseases. For individuals to safely remove ticks from themselves, hunting dogs, or deer, people should use tweezers or their fingers protected by rubber gloves. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull straight out with steady, even pressure. Do not use petroleum jelly, fingernail polish, alcohol, cigarettes, matches, or other similar methods to try to kill or stimulate the tick to back out. These methods do not work, delay proper removal and may be dangerous.

People should familiarize themselves with the symptoms for Lyme disease by going to www.cdc.gov/Lyme. Save the tick in a baggie and note the day of removal on a calendar. If an individual seeks medical attention, bring the tick and mention the known presence of Lyme disease infected ticks in Ohio. To learn more visit http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Default.aspx?tabid=23053.

Deer facts

With deer hunting seasons open across Ohio, how about we take a fact-seeking look at what everyone is hunting for?

Fact — The world-record white-tailed deer, according to the Boone and Crockett Club, measures 213 5/8 inches and was killed near Biggar, Saskatchewan in 1993. That deer has 14 points. The recognized world-record non-typical white-tailed deer scores 333 7/8 inches and was picked up in Missouri in 1981. That deer has antlers with 44 points.

Fact — According to Whitetails Unlimited, North America’s smallest deer is the Florida key deer. In this species, mature does weigh 45 to 65 pounds, and full-grown bucks range from 55 to 75 pounds. The shoulder height is 24 to 30 inches. At birth, fawns weigh about 2 to 4 pounds and are approximately half the size of a “standard” whitetail.

Fact — According to Field and Stream magazine, deer outnumber deer hunters in several states. The publication’s charts report that for every hunter out in the fields and forests of Alabama pursuing deer, there are 2.05 deer ahead of them. Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Virginia round out the Top-Five states with bountiful deer populations that outnumber the hunters who pursue them.

Fact — Deer and Deer Hunting magazine reports that the 2000 white-tailed deer hunting season kill in Wisconsin was 618,274 beasts. By 2010 that number had dropped to 336,871 deer killed by hunters during that hunting season. Part of the reduction was blamed on Chronic Wasting Disease entering the state’s deer herds. Wolves probably also played a part in the herd reduction.

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