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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Kerr Wildlife Management Area - Control of Ticks Feeding on White-Tailed Deer

Location: Tick and Biting Fly Research

Project Number: 6205-32000-034-20
Project Type: Memorandum of Understanding

Start Date: Aug 01, 2011
End Date: Jul 31, 2016

Objective:
Develop, field test, and refine technologies to control ticks feeding on white-tailed deer and other wild ungulate species.

Approach:
Determine comparative palatability of ivermectin and doramectin medicated corn. Demonstrate proportional free daily intake of macrocyclic lactone medicated baits vs. high protein pelleted deer ration. Field test and continue development of the 3rd generation automatic collaring device. Conduct efficiacy trial of automatically applied neckbands in controlling ticks feeding on white-tailed deer. Field test and continue development of devices to exclude non-target animals from accessing '4-Poster' Deer Treatment Bait stations. Determine behavioral interactions of white-tailed deer with medicated molasses licks intended for cattle.

Last Modified: 7/22/2014
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