Shotgun Hunting Season Brings Gift of Venison, Research Opportunities
Steve Myrick

Shotgun hunting season began Monday, and the weigh station was busy this week with hunters, biologists collecting ticks, and a new deer donation program.

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Initiative to Reduce Deer Herd Dominates Tick Discussion
Alex Elvin

Efforts to reduce the Island deer herd, and an apparent spread of lone star ticks, topped a presentation this week.

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Lone Star Ticks Are on the Move
Alex Elvin
Island biologist Richard Johnson has been documenting an apparent spread of lone star ticks inland from Aquinnah and Chappaquiddick this summer.
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Hungry Ticks Are Out: Prevention Is Key
Richard Johnson
The real tick season has started as nymphs of both deer ticks and lone star ticks are out and will be present through July.
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Despite Some Pushback, Oak Bluffs Stays the Course on Deer Hunt Idea
Sara Brown

Oak Bluffs selectmen Tuesday decided to stay the course after revisiting their decision to back an expanded deer hunting season on the Island.

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Selectmen in Three Towns Join the Call for Added Deer Hunt
Sara Brown and Alex Elvin

Amid growing concern about Lyme disease, selectmen in Edgartown, Aquinnah and West Tisbury this week agreed to join the call for adding another two-week deer hunt next January.

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Oak Bluffs, Chilmark Unanimously Back Extra Deer Hunt
Sara Brown and Alex Elvin

Selectmen in Oak Bluffs and Chilmark last night threw their full support behind a plan to add a second two-week shotgun season for deer in January next year.

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Vineyard Experts: Ticks Pose Serious Public Health Threat
Julia Wells

The spread of disease-carrying ticks on Martha’s Vineyard is a public health crisis, a biologist and longtime Island physician said this week.

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Survey Shows Strong Support for Culling Island Deer Herd
Jane Seagrave
Vineyard residents are highly concerned about ticks and tick-borne illness, according to a newly-released community survey conducted in August.
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Tuesdays in the Newsroom Resumes
Tuesdays in the Newsroom, the Gazette’s monthly discussion series, resumes Sept. 13 with a conversation about ticks and tick-borne illness.
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