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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: 6205-32000-034-39
Project Type: Grant

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

Objective:
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.

Approach:
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: 8/21/2014
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