deer ticks http://ripr.org en State Managed Deer Hunt Begins On Block Island http://ripr.org/post/state-managed-deer-hunt-begins-block-island <p>Starting Tuesday, the second annual state managed deer hunt will be held on Block Island.</p><p>It’s the only hunt of its kind on state-owned land.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>The four week hunt takes place on a one-hundred fifteen acre parcel of state-owned land known as Black Rock.</p><p>Any Rhode Islander with a state hunting license is eligible to take part in the hunt. However only six hunters will be allowed on the property per day; they’ll be chosen via a lottery system. The bag limit is eight deer per hunter.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:11:22 +0000 John Bender 27901 at http://ripr.org State Managed Deer Hunt Begins On Block Island RI DEM Announces Plans To Cut Down Exploding Deer Population http://ripr.org/post/ri-dem-announces-plans-cut-down-exploding-deer-population <p>The state Department of Environmental Management has announced plans to cull the population of Virginia white-tailed deer on Block Island.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The density of white-tailed deer on Block Island is estimated at 80 to 100 per square mile.&nbsp; That’s eight to ten times the desirable level so the state Department of Environmental Management has decided to cull the herd.</p><p>The DEM’s Catherine Sparks says they’ll hire professional sharp shooters to kill some of the deer early next year.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 13:52:49 +0000 Flo Jonic 24501 at http://ripr.org RI DEM Announces Plans To Cut Down Exploding Deer Population Ticknado: Coming To A Yard Near You http://ripr.org/post/ticknado-coming-yard-near-you <p>Sharknado? For wimps. Ticknado? Run for cover!</p><p>But it's no laughing matter, says Tom Mather, resident tick expert at the University of Rhode Island. Fall means the return of disease-carrying deer ticks for a bit before the coldest temperatures finally send them underground. And that means there's still a risk of catching Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.</p><p>http://youtu.be/jMHYUYNY-ZI</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:10:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23530 at http://ripr.org Block Island Asks State For Help Combatting Lyme http://ripr.org/post/block-island-asks-state-help-combatting-lyme <p>Block Island Health Service officials say the state Department of Health has agreed to meet with them about the steep increase in Lyme disease on the island. Island officials want the state to take a more active role in fighting the disease.</p><p>Block Island Health Services officials say they’ve seen 68 cases of Lyme disease through August of this year. That’s up from 48 for all of the previous year. Health service head Barbara Baldwin says she decided it was time to ask for some help<strong>.</strong></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:57:36 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23556 at http://ripr.org Block Island Asks State For Help Combatting Lyme When Summer Makes You Sick http://ripr.org/post/when-summer-makes-you-sick <p>Or, rather, summer activities, like swimming, or hiking through the woods.</p><p>To wit:</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 21:23:06 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 18079 at http://ripr.org New tick-borne disease discovered in New England http://ripr.org/post/new-tick-borne-disease-discovered-new-england <p>The bacteria is called Borrelia miyamotoi, and, like Lyme disease, it hitches a ride in ticks. I'll have more on this in the coming days, but here's a heads up on some of the more unique features of this bug.</p><p>This bacteria can cause something like the flu, or a fever that just keeps coming back. You might have had it and not known it, or had it along side Lyme. Common antibiotics can cure it. But if your immune system is already weak, it could lead to some neurological damage.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 23:12:42 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8864 at http://ripr.org New tick-borne disease discovered in New England