Grapefruit may yield new natural Insect Repellent; and Wisconsin will jettison unpopular aspects of Deer management program. Canada: Coyote report from Newfoundland.


Global 04/18/11 by Richard Knox – Excerpt – “(T)he CDC is pushing hard to develop a completely natural insect repellent made from a chemical called nootkatone, which is found in Alaska yellow cedar trees and citrus fruit. (Marc) Dolan (of the CDC’s vector-borne infectious diseases laboratory in Fort Collins, Colorado) says nootkatone “is non-greasy, dries very quickly, and it has a very pleasant, citrusy grapefruit odor to it.” He recently demonstrated its effectiveness as a mosquito repellent rubbing some on his hand and then sticking it into a cage containing 50 hungry mosquitoes. When he holds the treated hand near mosquitoes they try to get away in the opposite direction as fast as they can. Even after five minutes, Dolan has no bites on his nootkatone-treated hand. Nootkatone is also effective against ticks, and scientists think it will work against bed bugs, head lice and other insects too. Moreover, nootkatone is so non-toxic you could drink it. In fact, it’s already an approved food additive, officially classed as “Generally Considered Safe.” It’s also a natural ingredient in some foods. “If you’ve had a grapefruit, you’ve consumed some nootkatone,” Dolan says, “or drank a Squirt, for instance.” Dolan, who’s leading a CDC team to develop nootkatone, says it could be put into soaps and sunscreens, so people wouldn’t have to apply a separate bug repellent.” (For complete article go to                                )

Wisconsin 04/16/11 by Paul A. Smith – In response to criticism from some hunters, the Department of Natural Resources announced plans Thursday to jettison two fundamental planks of its recent deer management program – Earn-A-Buck and the October antlerless hunt – for the 2011 season. Instead, the agency plans to sell an unlimited number of antlerless deer permits for $2 each in most of the state. “We’ve heard the concerns of hunters, including votes on issues presented by the Wisconsin Conservation Congress,” said Kurt Thiede, DNR land administrator. “There has been a substantial dislike for some of the regulations we’ve used over the last decade.”

The agency will present a package of modified regulations to the Natural Resources Board at its April 27 meeting in Madison, including:

• No Earn-A-Buck statewide.

• No statewide antlerless deer hunt in October.

• Allowing hunters in the chronic wasting disease management zone to shoot either sex deer first, but requiring an antlerless deer to be shot before a second buck.

• Providing four free antlerless tags per day in the CWD zone.

• Continuing with the October and holiday hunting seasons in the CWD zone.

For 2011, the DNR has designated 95 management units as “herd control,” 22 as “CWD” and 19 as “regular.” The department will make an unlimited number of $2 antlerless deer tags available in each of the herd control units, Thiede said. The regular units will have a limited number of antlerless permits available for $12 each. In addition, eight of the regular units (3, 7, 29B, 34, 35, 39, 44 and 45) will be designated as “zero quota” with no antlerless permits issued for archery or gun seasons to help the herd recover.

The DNR estimates the state had 1.16 million deer after the 2010 hunting seasons, up 17.5% from 2009. Thiede acknowledged the delicate job of balancing all interests in deer management as well as the risk of reducing pressure on the state’s deer herd. “We hope we can engage hunters over the summer, get the word out and get as many as possible to participate in the 2011 season,” Thiede said. “We’re also looking to open discussions about how future deer seasons will look.”

Wisconsin Legislative update: State Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) and Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) plan to introduce legislation they have named the “Deer Hunters Heritage Bill.” Moulton and Tiffany held a news conference Friday in Chippewa Falls to describe their plans, which would attempt to legislate a nine-day gun deer season and eliminate Earn-A-Buck and the October antlerless hunts. The proposal was circulated for co-sponsorship Friday and will likely have a bill number assigned in the coming days. Meanwhile, Democrats in the Assembly blocked votes Thursday on bills regarding bear hunting (AB24) and bass culling (AB35). The bills had flown through public hearings and executive sessions in the last two weeks. The bills are scheduled to return to the Assembly floor May 11.


Newfoundland 04/17/11 Residents in the Wishingwell Road area of St. John’s may be wondering if the local wildlife has become bolder. A coyote has been spotted — and it’s the third sighting in a week. The first two coyote sightings were on Blackmarsh Road. Saturday morning, St. John’s resident Bill Butt called VOCM News just before noon to report a coyote on Wishingwell Road, headed towards Freshwater Road. Butt said the animal did not seem that comfortable in the urban environment and looked a bit thin.


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