K-State Research and Extension News
Wildlife

FERAL CAT CONTROL Play Audio



On last week’s edition, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reported on a study of feral cats as carriers of a disease which can afflict other wildlife, and potentially, humans who consume wild game.  This week, Charlie takes a closer look at the overall problem of the ever-growing feral cat population, and the negative impacts other wildlife…and what can, and can’t, be done about it.

1/22/2015 6:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Bret Chilcott - Ag Eagle - Part 2



Where are your data? These days, I am told that my data are in what the techies call “the cloud” – wherever that is. Today, in the conclusion of a two-part series, we’ll learn more about a company which is gathering agricultural data by going up to the clouds – and I mean that literally.
1/21/2015 8:00:00 AM


Opinions Sought on Feral Hog Control



When wildlife populations bloom or problems arise from certain wildlife species, an allowance for sport hunting might come immediately to mind as a potential solution. Letting the hunters help by decreasing the numbers makes sense, right?


1/21/2015 8:00:00 AM


Controlling Feral Cats Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee continues the discussion of the feral cat problem in the U.S., this week outlining the extent of the problem overall, and why controlling it is so difficult.

1/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


Conservation Tree Planting Program Play Audio



K-State forester Leah Scott announces that orders are now being taken for low-cost conservation tree seedlings through the Kansas Conservation Tree Planting Program, for windbreak, riparian or other conservation plantings...and Kate Hagans files a report on a new $13 million USDA water quality initiative for establishing conservation tree plantings in riparian areas that drain into Kansas reservoirs...with advisory and technical support being provided by the Kansas Forest Service at K-State.

1/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


FERAL CAT DISEASE Play Audio



Free-ranging cats, or feral cats, are long notorious for their predation on upland game birds and other wildlife.  They also harbor another concern, as carriers of a severe disease that infect other wildlife, and potentially, humans.  A new study looked into that disease threat, and K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee summarizes its findings. 

1/15/2015 6:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Bret Chilcott - Ag Eagle - Part 1



Have you ever wanted a birds-eye view? Wouldn’t it be great to have a viewpoint from up high, to enable us to see over a fence or in the middle of a field? Today we’ll meet an amazing company which is using robotic aircraft to provide that aerial view. The results are helping this remarkable company to grow in rural Kansas.
1/14/2015 8:00:00 AM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

1/13/2015 6:00:00 PM


Feral Cats As Disease Carriers Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a new study of feral cats as carriers of a disease that can spread to wildlife, and potentially to humans who consume wild game.

1/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


FERAL HOG CONTROL Play Audio



The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is now soliciting public input on proposals for dealing with the rapidly expanding feral hog herd in the country.  These hogs in the wild are causing substantial crop and property damage and can serve as a carrier for numerous critical livestock diseases.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about what A-P-H-I-S is proposing in the way of feral hog control. 

1/8/2015 6:00:00 PM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.
 

1/6/2015 6:00:00 PM


First of Farm Bill Informational Meetings to Begin Mid-January



U.S. crop producers have until the end of March to make big decisions under the new farm bill. To help with those decisions, Kansas State University is teaming with several sponsors to host 15 half-day educational meetings in January and February.
1/6/2015 8:00:00 AM


Feral Hog Control Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a new call from the USDA for public input on approaches to feral hog control, as the concern over damage and livestock health issues linked to feral hog activity continues to grow.
 

1/5/2015 6:00:00 PM


COYOTE MONOGAMY STUDY Play Audio



Wildlife officials have long observed the behavior, but up to now there had been no bona fide scientific study of coyote monogamy.  New research confirms this aspect of the coyote’s social structure.  And K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee says this information lends to better approaches to coyote predation control, on which he elaborates this week.

12/18/2014 6:00:00 PM


Social Behavior of Coyotes Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new study of the social behavior of coyotes, which confirms their monogamous nature...useful information when it comes to coyote predation control.

12/15/2014 6:00:00 PM


POCKET GOPHER CONTROL Play Audio



Harmless as they may seem, pocket gophers can wreak havoc in alfalfa fields and with drip irrigation systems.  Trapping and rodenticide use are the two main means of controlling pocket gophers.  And a recent study illustrated how important proper training is to succeeding with either of those methods.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee takes a closer look at that research this week.   

12/11/2014 6:00:00 PM


Pocket Gopher Control Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a new study of pocket gopher control methods, which showed why proper training in gopher trapping techniques makes all the difference in control success.

12/8/2014 6:00:00 PM


DEER HUNTING BALLISTICS Play Audio



Last year, Kansas wildlife officials made changes in the ballistics regulations for hunting deer and other large game.  Quite some attention has been given to the subject of ammunition size and design for humane hunting purposes, says K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.  However, another factor probably deserves greater emphasis, as he discusses this week.

12/7/2014 6:00:00 PM


Ammunition Ballistics and Hunting Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at what research tells us about how ammunition ballistics relate to the humane harvest of large game...with the regular firearms deer hunting season opening tomorrow in Kansas.

12/1/2014 6:00:00 PM


BEAVER DAMAGE RESURGENCE Play Audio



The lingering drought in recent years may have been the reason why K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee had been receiving fewer calls about beaver damage to waterways and farm ponds.  However, as streams and ponds have been somewhat replenished by moisture this year, reports of beaver problems have picked back up.  This week, Charlie reminds listeners about the recommended damage control measures.

11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM


Controlling Beaver Damage Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee comments on controlling beaver damage, with reports of such damage turning up again around Kansas with the improved moisture conditions this year.

11/24/2014 6:00:00 PM


PRAIRIE DOGS AND ROAD NOISE Play Audio



Like most other indigenous wildlife species, prairie dogs prefer a tranquil environment.  A group of researchers in Colorado wanted to know of traffic noise from roadways has any effect on prairie dog behavior…and their study indicates that indeed, it does.  In reviewing their findings, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee says that noise could turn out to be a useful prairie dog control tool.

11/20/2014 6:00:00 PM


Traffic Noise and Prairie Dogs Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a new study out of Colorado, of the effects of road traffic noise on prairie dog behavior, and how that information may possibly be useful in prairie dog control.

11/17/2014 6:00:00 PM


DEER STAND SAFETY Play Audio



The majority of deer hunters use a tree stand for their hunt.  Unfortunately, there are far too many accidental falls from tree stands, virtually all of which can be avoided by using safety equipment properly.  So says K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee, who this week covers the appropriate use of tree stand harnesses.          

11/13/2014 6:00:00 PM


Bowhunting Safety Play Audio



With bowhunting season underway, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee goes over the critical safety guidelines when hunting deer from a tree stand, emphasizing the proper use of safety harnesses.

 

 

11/10/2014 6:00:00 PM


CREATING A FLURD Play Audio



Sheep producers have long battled with coyotes, with all sorts of attempts to keep them from preying on their flocks.  An old idea has been getting new attention in research:  mixing sheep with cattle in a grazing area as a deterrent to coyotes.   And the research results show this approach, called creating a “flurd,” to be highly effective, as K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses this week.
 

11/6/2014 6:00:00 PM


Flurd Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at the idea of mixing cattle with sheep in a grazing area to discourage coyote predation, creating what is called a "flurd."

 

 

11/3/2014 6:00:00 PM


BATS AND EBOLA Play Audio



The ebola crwww in Africa has the world’s full attention…and there is a wildlife link to the story, in that bats actively transmit the ebola virus in the African wild.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks this week about the role bats play in the movement of ebola, stressing that the chances of bats transmitting the disease in the U.S. are virtually nil.  

10/30/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Forest Service to Study Windbreak Impact on Crop Yields



Following the drought and dust storms of the 1930s, the federal government’s response was to invest $13.8 million to plant over 200 million trees and shrubs throughout the Great Plains. These plantings were initially established to reduce windblown soil, but research suggests that there is an additional benefit that would surprise many agricultural producers. Windbreaks may increase crop yields. 
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM


Attracting Birds Means Supplying What They Like



SALINA, Kan. -- To a degree, attracting birds to a backyard feeder requires giving them what they most prefer. That can be complicated, because different kinds of birds prefer different types of food.
1/15/2009 8:00:00 AM