EHD Disease in area Deer
Monday, 10 September 2012 10:40
Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) continues to kill deer over much of Nebraska, spreading from the Missouri River to as far west as Garden County. There have been numerous suspected cases in Keya Paha County.
This disease historically has occurred in the state since the 1970s, but this year seems to be particularly prevalent. EHD normally occurs in late August to early September when hot and dry conditions exist. This year it started in mid-July, and because the disease is spread by biting insects, it usually does not persist much beyond the first frost.
The disease poses little threat to cattle and no problems for humans. Because of this year’s outbreak, some hunters may expect to see fewer deer in their area this fall. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will not know the full impact of the disease until after the close of the deer seasons.
Deer killed by EHD often are found near water and sometimes show evidence of bleeding from the eyes, nose or mouth. Game and Parks remains interested in determining the extent of the disease and its possible effects on the deer population.
The public should report any deer deaths that may be attributed to this disease to their nearest Game and Parks office. In this area residents should call the office in Bassett, 402-684-2921
Fires Strain Budgets
Monday, 10 September 2012 10:29
Wildfires blamed on extreme heat and drought are straining the budgets of rural Nebraska fire departments as crews race from one spot to another.
Fires in western and central Nebraska have forced departments to dip into their cash reserves, and some are asking residents to approve tax increases to help cover their fuel and maintenance costs. Their fire trucks have spent far more time on the roads than normal, traveling thousands of miles to help other departments. Some volunteer firefighters have had to use vacation time to help answer the repeated emergency calls, while others leave their businesses unattended for days at a time.
In Ainsworth, Fire Chief Brad Fiala says the combination of wind, drought and heat is the worst he's seen in his 28-year career.