Extremely severe winter has major impact on area deer herd

April 16th, 2014

The second “extremely severe” winter in a row will mean major ramifications for the fall deer-hunting season in northwestern Wisconsin.

That is the word from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Todd Nass, who spoke at the annual Wisconsin Spring Conservation Hearing in Ashland Monday night.

More than 160 people jammed into the Ashland County Circuit Court Room for the presentation, which for the first time combined the spring deer herd status meeting with the conservation hearing. Naas told the group that he would recommend that there be no antlerless deer permits given out for the new northern forestry deer zone.

Naas outlined the dramatic changes in Wisconsin deer management that have come about in the wake of more than 60 suggestions for management changes made by Texas-based deer expert James Kroll, who was contracted by the state to serve as a special deer trustee to review how the state manages its deer herd.

Click here to read the entire article by Rick Olivo, The Daily Press.

Workshops stress herbal treatment for Lyme disease

April 15th, 2014

BAYFIELD — There’s some speculation that forest pests like the emerald ash borer may decrease in population as a result of this winter’s polar vortex. Unfortunately, however, ticks may still cling to dear life. Virtual bugs in a rug, ticks sleep soundly in their earthen beds covered with snow-quilts. By spring, the adults will rise, go forth and multiply seeking new hosts to feed on — mice, deer, humans. Sadly, during the dormant stage they can withstand extremely cold temperatures. This may be disappointing to Bayfield County residents who, like the rest of the country in the last decade, have experienced an increasing rate of infectivity from tick bites causing Lyme disease and other coinfections — babesia, myoplasma, bartonella.

But fear not. Herbal help is on the way.

Julie McIntire, clinical herbalist from southern New Mexico who specializes in Lyme disease, will be sharing her plant wisdom at the end of the month in a series of workshops and lectures. The herbal protocol she teaches has healed many people with Lyme disease, including Ellen Kwiatkowski, co-owner of Blue Vista Farm, who contracted the disease in 2010 and again in 2013.

Click here to read the entire article by Hope McLeod, The Daily Press.