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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

In Ohio, Labratory checks of deer killed by hunters this year revealed 1800 animals with Deer ticks present.........This compared to only 29 Deer infected the year prior..........Researchers are warning of a Lymes Disease scourge about to hit the Buckeye State...........While Deer are only one of the animals that spread the tick across regions(mice/voles/birds and in fact all mammals),,,,,,,,,,,,the Deer is a primary vector with out-of-control densities across so much of the Eastern USA.............When you remove the trophic carnivores from the equation, problems abound............Pumas and Wolves are truly necessary in conjunction with human hunters in reducing deer densities to the low to mid teens(per sq mile) which would greatly assist in slowing and perhaps crashing the virulence of Lymes

Increase In Deer Tick Population Sweeping Across Ohio

An insect expert was traveling the state to warn counties and veterinarians about an increase in deer ticks, 10TV's Kristyn Hartman reported on Monday.

Fifteen years ago, deer ticks were unheard of in Ohio. Now 26 counties, including Franklin and Delaware, are on the watch list The black legged deer tick, which can be as small as a poppy seed, can carry Lyme disease.

deer tick adult(large) and nymph(small)

If bites are diagnosed early, the illness can be easily treated with antibiotics. If missed, it can mean years of misery, Hartman reported.Paige Caulley said that she discovered that first hand.
"We think I was bit when I was really, really young," said Caulley, 27.Caulley grew up in Connecticut, where Lyme disease was more common. She said that she knew many classmates who had gotten the illness.The Powell resident said that she has suffered from health problems throughout her life but never associated them with Lyme disease.

mice and other small rodents and mammals are targets deer ticks

Caulley said that the problems grew worse after her daughter was born 18 months ago.
"I had a family doctor who just told me I need to start exercising. And that I need to see a therapist. And that it was all in my head. And I was in so much pain that I could barely walk," Caulley said.
Caulley looked to many doctors for help before finding a specialist in New York.Now, Caulley makes monthly trips to New York, takes a variety of pills and gives herself a daily intravenous drip of antibiotics. Her medical bills exceed $50,000.

Glen Needham, an entomologist at the Ohio State University, who works with the state health department, travels the state warning county health departments and veterinarians that ticks are on the march across Ohio."We've gone from what we believe were no counties with black legged ticks, to two counties, to 26 counties," he said.

note deer tick by the eye of this bird

Hunters brought deer heads to the state lab for tick checks. In one year, numbers ballooned from 29 ticks to 1,800, Hartman reported.

"Dogs will be kind of canary in the cave for us." Needham said. "So we think dogs may get Lyme Disease first in the state. And that may alert us to where some of these hot spots are," Needham said.
The infection is first identified by a bull's-eye rash that many people may not notice.

Those infected could have a few days of flu-like symptoms, then feel better. But the disease does not go away. It could spread into the heart, the joints, and the nervous system.

Caulley thought that is what happened to her. Now she faces four more months of an IV antibiotic and a struggle to feel well, but a struggle that she thought was worth it, Hartman reported.
"I'm like 50 percent better," Caulley said.

Needham says Lyme disease may be difficult to diagnose, because patients experience a variety of symptoms. To cut the risk of getting sick, he said people should spray skin and clothes with an insecticide containing DEET.

wolves and pumas necessary to bring down deer densities

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