Biology

Deer self-eradicate ticks with new feeders in county parks

Deer self-eradicate ticks with new feeders in county parks

New deer feeders will begin treating white-tailed deer for ticks in four Howard County parks as part of a five-year study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and University of Maryland to combat the state’s tick population and Lyme disease cases.

This week, the county’s Department of Recreation and Parks placed treatment devices, called 4-poster feeders, at Blandair Regional and Cedar Lane parks in Columbia, Rockburn Branch Park in Elkridge and David Force Natural Resource Area in Ellicott City.

Parks were chosen based on tracking data of the county’s deer and mice populations via GPS collars. Tracking for each began in January and...

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