Tag Archives: deer

The badger cull – what we know and what we don’t know

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. You could follow my ‘tuberculosis’ tag. Other animals can get bTB too. In Britain, some people think the native badger (Meles meles) is … Continue reading

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Vaccination is happening against a virus which deforms lambs and calves

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) is a Government agency here in Britain. It’s part of the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Among other tasks, VMD approves new veterinary drugs and vaccines. Farming eyes have been on VMD … Continue reading

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Schmallenberg virus is killing lambs and calves but a vaccine is coming

Today my fellow blogger nahrvalur reminded me about Schmallenberg virus (SBV). That emerging disease which is carried by midges and which deforms lambs, kids, calves and fawns. I hadn’t forgotten SBV, with farmers in my family-in-law, but this year their … Continue reading

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Update on the virus which deforms lambs, calves and fawns

Here’s an update about the schmallenberg virus (SBV) from the Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI). Schmallenberg is nasty, if it gets into your herd or flock. It’s an emerging disease carried by midges, now affecting farms across continental Europe … Continue reading

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Is Hunting a Blessing or a Curse?: An Interview with Dr. Paul Curtis, Extension Wildlife Specialist

Originally posted on gabbywild:
http://www.ihuntcanada.com/pics/MarcHunting.jpg In today’s blog post we are privileged to receive an expert perspective of hunting/wildlife management in the United States by Dr. Paul Curtis, Department Extension Leader and Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University based in…

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Mammal embryos that bide their time

When I wrote here about the roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) I gave only a brief introduction. I didn’t mention the research about C. capreolus happening at Aberdeen University. My fellow blogger Finn Holding tells us more. He tells how the … Continue reading

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Mammals in North America

Discussions on Exposing the Big Game and elsewhere got me thinking about the mammals of North America. Opinions and history there are different from the opinions and history here in Britain and elsewhere in the Old World, which you can … Continue reading

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Wild food

Today is Wild Foods Day. My fellow blogger Gerry at ScienceLens tells us about learning to live off the land. Gerry’s enthusiasm for blackberries rings true to me, here in Britain, celebrating the Month of the Bramble. Thoughts about wild … Continue reading

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Bringing back the wolves?

Should we reintroduce the native grey wolf (Canis lupus) to Britain? The tourists would love to see wolves on our mountains, to hear wolves howling, and the wolves would eat excess deer. Some people in Britain shoot deer. On a … Continue reading

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Starving sheep and starving deer

Wild and feral hoofed mammals (ungulates) starve in winter, sometimes, in some places. A classic example is the Soay aheep (Ovis aries) of the St Kilda islands whose population fluctuates in a boom/bust cycle, dying mostly in winter. Soay population … Continue reading

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