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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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Saturday, July 6, 2013

As the weather patterns continue to change and human development continues to "checkerboard the Ontario, Carnada woodlands, Lyme Disease continues to proliferate, finding more and more vectors through the proliferation of white tailed mice and deer.................In 2005, there werer no observed deer ticks in northwestern Ontario,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,last year over 1000 were seen with early season(2013) recordings of 500 thus far..........

Glut of deer ticks raises fear of Lyme disease

Thunder Bay health unit changes priority to collect deer ticks

Deer ticks may carry Lyme disease, so the health unit is collecting them for study. Deer ticks may carry Lyme disease, so the health unit is collecting them for study. (Victoria Arocho/Associated Press)

An increase in the number of deer ticks in Northwestern Ontario, which can cause Lyme disease, has prompted the Thunder Bay District Health Unit to spend more time on that problem and less on trapping mosquitoes.

Entomologist Ken Deacon says the risk of West Nile virus, carried by mosquitoes, is very low this year.
So, starting Tuesday, the health unit is putting more resources into collecting and studying deer ticks, also called the black-legged tick.

"The trend for the previous years has been from almost no ticks in 2005 to over a thousand ticks last year. I mean, we're over 500 ticks now, and we've got the rest of the summer to go," Deacon said.
The health unit is cutting back on the number of mosquito traps it deploysThe health unit is cutting back on the number of mosquito traps it deploys (Submitted)

In spite of the many ticks being caught for study, the prevalence of Lyme disease — the illness carried by some deer ticks — remains low in the Thunder Bay district, he said.
Deacon says the crew uses something very basic to collect the ticks, but it works.
"It may sound really funny, but we drag a sheet of diaper flannel behind us on a road through the bush. But the nice thing about it is it's white, and it's really easy, and the ticks grab onto it, they really do," he said.
"This is something that's done elsewhere in Canada, particularly in Ontario, [but] this is the first time we've tried it here."

Up until this year, Deacon said, the health unit only collected ticks that were brought to it by the public.
Deacon said they've cut back to 12 mosquito traps from 19, and the ones they are eliminating are further away from the city.

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