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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Cooperative Research to Capture Wild White-Tailed Deer for Determination of Tick Density on Such Deer in Specific Areas

Location: Tick and Biting Fly Research

Project Number: 3094-32000-034-39
Project Type: Grant

Start Date: Aug 05, 2013
End Date: Jun 30, 2014

The objective of the planned study is to capture and determine tick (Boophilus sp) densities on white-tailed deer in the quarantine zone and in areas surrounding infested pastures.

ARS and APHIS will determine which areas in the quarantine and blanket quarantine area should be surveyed for ticks on white-tailed deer. The cooperator will employ a helicopter, 4-wheelers and personnel to capture the deer using netguns. These deer will be transported to a nearby site to enable ARS and APHIS personnel to "scratch" the deer and determine the number of ticks on each. These data will be used to construct a map of infestations found and to develop a strategy for eradication of the ticks on the deer and cattle in the area.

Last Modified: 12/1/2015
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