REPORTER FILE PHOTO Deer feeding at a 4-poster unit.
The hunt continues for someone to test venison that has been exposed to the tickicide permethrin.
Testing has been done in other parts of the country where permethrin was used on 4-poster units — feeding stands that brush deer with the chemical — as it is here, but the Island may be the one community in the nation that has employed it for the most longest period of time.
At issue is the long-term safety of the meat taken from the deer and also if the tickicide is still effective or the ticks have developed an immunity to it. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Dragging for ticks at Mashomack.The POW virus is transmitted by infected black legged ticks
Lyme. Babesiosis. Ehrlichiosis Aalpha gal red meat allergy related to lone star tick bites. The list of tick-borne diseases grows. Now add Powassan (POW) disease, not new, but on the rise in the northeast. (more…)
50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY
Louis Washkansky, the first person to undergo a heart transplant, died 18 days later in Cape Town, South Africa, as a result of drugs used to suppress his immune system to keep it from rejecting his new heart. (more…)
COURTESY TOWN OF SHELTER ISLAND
If there is a single fact that emerges as a surprise from the recent survey conducted by the town’s Deer & Tick Committee, it’s that 72 percent of respondents said they would favor Shelter Island paying professionals to reduce deer density. (more…)
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO
When Deer & Tick Committee representatives come before the Town Board at budget hearings in October, they may be in for a battle. (more…)