Lyme disease

Draft Guidelines Released for Treatment of Lyme Disease

As a particularly pervasive summer for ticks on the Island winds down, the Infectious Disease Society of America has released new draft guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.

New Maps Document Spread of Ticks

Maps prepared by cartographer Chris Seidel document the spread of deer ticks, dog ticks and lone star ticks.

Deer Harvest Is Up, Bolstering Work of Tick-Borne Illness Programs

Island hunters took nearly 800 deer during the 2017 deer hunting season, the highest harvest in at least 16 years, according to recently released state data.

Shotgun Hunting Season Brings Gift of Venison, Research Opportunities

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

Deer Season Brings New Options for Hunters

Island boards of health and a nonprofit partner are rolling out a new program to help hunters donate and process venison on the Island.

Initiative to Reduce Deer Herd Dominates Tick Discussion

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

Lone Star Ticks Are on the Move

Island biologist Richard Johnson has been documenting an apparent spread of lone star ticks inland from Aquinnah and Chappaquiddick this summer.

Despite Some Pushback, Oak Bluffs Stays the Course on Deer Hunt Idea

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

Selectmen in Three Towns Join the Call for Added Deer Hunt

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.

Oak Bluffs, Chilmark Unanimously Back Extra Deer Hunt

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.