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CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO Learn More About East Fork State Park’s Camping, Boating & Wildlife

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OHIO - America’s Finest State Park System www.ohiostateparks.org - email: east.fork.parks@dnr.state.oh.us Park Office (513) 734-4323 Camp Office (513) 724-6521 In This Issue • • • • •

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FIREWOOD ALERT

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THE BOAR REPORT MIKE ARNOLD - The Boar’s Head Bait & Carryout

Ohio's Department of Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture are trying to stop the spread of 2 invasive insects that are killing various species of trees, the Asian Longhorned Beetle and the Emerald Ash Borer. Mike Arnold, Owner

The federal quarantine, enforced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, remains in effect • This quarantine makes it illegal to transport ash trees, parts of ash trees and all hardwood firewood out of the state of Ohio. Make your promise to not move firewood!

Howdy Everyone! Fall is getting here and hopefully fishing will too. It’s not been bad but alot of fish have been small, the water cools down and the big fish will start biting. The last two crappie tournament winning weights have not been over 5 lb. Our championship is coming up and I think they will have a good bite for that. The last of October and the first of November are always good. Look for the bait fish and

East Fork Fishing & Hunting Report

they will be there, 10 feet to 25 feet depths are where fishermen are catching them. This is also time to catch some nice bass and stripper. Again, look in the cover for bait fish, top of the water and spinner work good this time of year. Bring on hunting season which started the 1st of September with squirrel and deer September 28 and turkey October 14th and November 1. all the rest, rabbit, fox, raccoon, but one we need to start going after is the coyote. They have been getting very bad, you see more hit on the road and behind your homes. They need to be hunted more. I have had hunters come in and say they have seen up to 10 coyotes in a pack and that could bring down alot of deer and other game. Again, this year deer tags have changed so make sure you look at all new rules.

E AST FORK STATE PARK CAMPSITE GUIDE

You can pick up a new book when yo u renew your licenses. Until next time, good fishing and hunting to all. Always be safe, wear that life jacket and hunting orange so you can be seen by other hunters.

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513-724-1211

E AST FORK STATE PARK BRIDLE TRAILS Rules and Regulations to Remember • All riders must stay on designated trail • No new trails, short cuts, or modifications shall be made • Do not detour around muddy areas • Pack out your garbage • Do not tie horses to trees • Dogs must be kept on leashes

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One of the elaborately decorated campsites found at the annual East Fork Halloween Campout.

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E AST FORK STATE PARK HUNTING MAP IMPORTANT NOTE No hunting within 400 feet of any picnic area, construction area, residence, barn, service building, shelterhouse, beach, backpack trail, parking lot, road or other structures or driveway within any area administered by the Division of Parks and Recreation. No Sunday hunting on Park Administered land. Hunting of all game, except waterfowl, is prohibited on state park administered areas on Sunday. HUNTING IS PROHIBITED WITHIN 200 FT. OF THE STEVE NEWMAN WORLDWALKER PERIMETER TRAIL ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

Poaching Is A Crime

Call TIP’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-POACHER TIP is your chance to help stop wildlife law violations. Call or write to TIP with the following information: - violation date, time & location - description of violation - names or identifying features of violators - vehicle and license plate number Mail to: TIP Headquarters, Division of Wildlife 2045 Morse Rd., Bldg. G Columbus, OH 43229-6693

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Preventative procedures the best defense against heartworms

For many Americans, the most cherished childhood memories revolve around time spent with a favorite family pet. While time spent using a string to play with your cat or running across a field with your dog are indeed happy memories, the sudden death of a pet can be a sorrowful time for youngsters and adults alike. Each year, thousands of family pets fall ill due to the presence of illness caused by parasites, but such problems ca be treated or prevented with a little education and tender loving care. Heartworm, a slow-developing parasitic infection affecting dogs throughout North America, involves the infestation of a dog’s heart by up to hundreds of long, thin, white worms that reproduce and grow until a dog’s heart can no longer pump enough blood to keep the dog alive. The infection can take up to two years to show any physical signs, and even then it could be overlooked. “The first sign of heartworm disease is that there is no sign, the dog looks perfectly healthy,” said Dr. Debbie Chalker with Georgetown Animal Hospital. After that, usually the next sign is weight loss and coughing. It can cause organ failure including heart, kidney, or liver failure. Heartworms spread from dog to dog by mosquitos. The heartworm reproduces through young worms that live in the blood stream. When bitten by the insect, some of these young are then consumed and transported by bites to healthy dogs. Eventually, the young worms grow into adults and the cycle begins anew. “We always have dogs tested, starting at five months or older. You can actually kill the dog if you start it on certain types of prevention before being tested. Depending on the size of the dog and if you want flea protections, it runs from $5 to $20 a month.” The best step to take is pre-

vention, which can begin with puppies. It is estimated that 30% of dogs and cats in the area have heartworms. “If a dog already has heartworm, they need to be treated with medicine to treat it. It can be complicated, they can take a preventive medicine to keep the dog from getting more until it can be treated, but it won’t treat what’s already there. When a dog is diagnosed with heartworm, the procedure to eliminate the infection can be time consuming and expensive. Typically, Chalker said that clearing up an infection takes a week of rest at the vet’s office, plus an additional six weeks of rest at home to prevent secondary problems. The worm is actually killed with medicine, so no surgery is involved, but the procedure must be followed up with preventative medicine to keep the dog from getting heartworm in the future. “If the dog is infected, it’s an injection in the back a day for two days,” said Chalker. The six weeks of rest prevent pulmonary embolisms which could potentially kill the dog. Then they come back in two weeks after the treatment to start on prevention.” Chalker said that, while rare, some cases of heartworm have been found in humans. Preventative medicine is also available for cats. What are heartworms? Heartworms are long, thin, white worms that live in the heart and adjoining blood vessels. During the adult life cycle, the female produce young called microfilariae. These microfilariae live in the dog’s bloodstream. How do dogs get heartworms? Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos. When a mosquito bites an infected dog, it feeds on the blood which contains microfilaria. After 10 to 30 days in the mosquito’s system, the microfilariae become infected larvae. When the mosquito bites a healthy dog, the animal is infected with lar-

vae which then grow into adult heartworms. Even if a dog has a thick coat, that is no protection against heartworm disease. Mosquitoes can bite into areas with less hair - in the stomach area or on the face and nose. Indoor dogs have as much chance of getting heartworms as dogs that live their lives outside. Most dogs are outside at some time during the day, and mosquitoes can enter houses also. Is heartworm disease widespread? Because the disease is transmitted my mosquitoes, it is especially serious where mosquitoes are predominant. The disease is now present all across the U.S. and Canada. What are the symptoms? By the time symptoms appear, heartworm disease has reached an advanced condition. It may take a number of years for symptoms to develop. Coughing, difficulty in breathing, fatigue, and weight loss are all typical signs. Severely infected dogs may die suddenly during exertion or excitement. How are dogs tested for heartworms? The test most frequently used involves drawing a blood sample form the dog. The sample is examined under a microscope for the presence of microfilariae. A snap heartworm antigen test is performed to test for adult heartworms. If a dog is diagnosed to have heartworm disease, a treatment program is set up to remove both adult worms and microfilariae. Can heartworms be prevented? After a dog is tested and found to be negative, it can be started on a preventative medication. This medication keeps the dog form getting infected if it is bitten by mosquitoes carrying the heartworm larvae. Your veterinarian will advise you about type of preventatives and corrct dosages.

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Adult Cat Senior Dog

Kitten Care

Office Hours by Appointment

(937) 378-6334

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For camping reservations call or go online to the following: 1-866-644-6727 or www.ohiostateparks.org East Fork Camp Office: (513)724-6521 Stonelick Camp Office: (513)625-6593 NOTE: Both parks campground offices have seasonal and varied hours of operation. For more details, maps and other brochures for East Fork State Park and Stonelick State Park call or e-mail the main office at the following:

(513)734-4323 or East.Fork.Parks@dnr.state.oh.us THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING OHIO STATE PARKS

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2013 Calendar of Events U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - William H. Harsha Lake SEPTEMBER

Begin Your Day at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center

Autumn means beautiful scenery, pleasant picnics and hiking adventures. Begin your exploration of the park at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center open daily through mid October. Conveniently located off SR 222 between the north and south entrances of East Fork State Park, you can pick up trail and park maps, a calendar of events, and other information. Displays allow you to discover the natural history of the park and missions of the Corps. The Deer Ridge Trail, an Overlook, and reservable Picnic Shelter shown above are located near the Visitor Center. For more information about programs, volunteer opportunities, shelter reservations, etc. call the Park Ranger at (513) 797-6081. The Corps Operations area also has fishing access, a boat ramp, hiking trails, and a second reservable shelter in the Tailwater. The Emergency Spillway is popular for flying kites, hunting fossils, and flying model airplanes. Views from the Saddle Dam attract walkers and joggers. And this is all just fifteen minutes from East Fork State Park!

1-3 ........Water Safety Blitz! Just where will you find the Corps Ranger today? At the Visitor Center, Boat Ramp, or Beach you say? Wherever she may be, she will have cool give-aways for you and for me! Fun books, tattoos, flying disks and more will be available from 10 until 4. 2 ...........Labor Day Summer's last holiday, and you want your whole family on the lake. Don't get that sinking feeling - pay attention to your boat's capacity plate! 14 .........Amazing Nature Race! Time TBD at the Visitor Center - Join the Amazing Nature Race to discover more about the wonderful world around us. Start at the Corps Visitor Center and travel to stations where you will meet some cool characters and get up close and personal with some of Ohio's most watchable wildlife. Solve nature challenges to receive your next clue and end up with a tasty treat. Appropriate for families and groups with children aged 7 and up. To register, call 513797-6081 by September 12. TBD ......Evening Canoe Float - What could be more enjoyable than floating on Harsha Lake under a near-full moon? We are still working out the details, so check back this summer to see if we were able to make this awesome event a reality! 28 .........National Public Lands Day - 9:30 am - noon - Calling all nature lovers, hunters, anglers, hikers and others who enjoy the outdoors! Celebrate National Public Lands Day by helping to pick up litter along the river and lake shoreline, maintaining trails, or collecting/planting native plant seeds for wildlife. Great for scouts and students needing community service hours! Register by calling the Ranger at 513-797-6081. 14 .........Columbus Day 19 .........Autumn Adventure Hike - 6:30 pm at Tailwater Trail - Who could pass up the opportunity to hike in the light of the harvest moon? Geared for adults or families with children aged 10 and up. We will meet at the Tailwater Trailhead located below the dam to hike the moderately strenuous Tailwater Trail. Register by calling the Ranger at 513-797-6081. 25 - 27 ...Halloween Campout - The supreme park event has the thrills of Halloween mixed with the experience of fall camping. Trick or Treat tops off the weekend! Regular camping fees apply. Call EFSP at 513-734-4323 for details. Or call 1 866-644-6727 to make reservations up to six months in advance for the weekend. Check the Ohio State Parks website for a link to online reservations.

JULY

July 4 – 6 . . .4th of July Campout - Nature programs movies & a cornhole tournament. July 19 – 20 . . . Christmas in July - Holiday parade site decorating contest bike decorating contest movies & nature programs.

SEPTEMBER

September 21 . . . Car Show - Held at the campground. Plus trophies food music & nature programs.

OCTOBER

October 4, 2013 . . . Western Fall Campout - Dress up like your favorite western character, enter your best grub in Cowboy Bob’s Chili cook off & join the sheriff in a jail & bail. October 18 – 20 . . . Not-Quite-Halloween Campout - Hayrides, campsite decorating and costume contests, entertainment & trick or treat. October 25 – 27 . . . Halloween Campout - Games, entertainment, campsite decorating and costume contests, hayrides & trick or treat. schedule may be found at http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/eastfork/tabid/732/Default.aspx

OTHER EVENTS EAST FORK FISHING TOURNAMENTS BOAR’S HEAD CRAPPIE TOURNAMENTS: Call (513)724-1211 for details and to enter.

ANNOUNCEMENT Campground Closure - Portions of the campground are currently closed for construction, including showerhouse renovations • Beginning April 15, 2013, limited camping will be available on a walk-in basis (no reservations) • Camping reservations will resume when the project is completed • Construction is expected to be completed by the end of June 2013 • We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause (posted 2/20/2013).

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published each season by The Clermont Sun Publishing Company, 465 E. Main St., Batavia, OH 4503. Telephone (513) 732-2511.

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East Fork State Park Newsletter is distributed throughout Clermont and Brown County.

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May 4 - 5 . . . Gold Rush Days Campout - Enjoy a fun weekend of history, food and games celebrating the park's two historic gold mines from 1869. May 24 – 27 . . . Memorial Weekend Campout - Nature programs, movies, and a cornhole tournament.

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East Fork State Park NEWSLETTER

Reproduction without permission, is prohibited.

East Fork State Park - 3294 Elklick Road Bethel, OH 45106 • More detailed information is available by calling (513)734-4323

OCTOBER

CALL 513.797.6081 FOR VISITOR CENTER HOURS

Published By The Clermont Sun Publishing Company

East Fork State Park 2013 Events

For More Information On William H. Harsha Lake Go To: http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Recreation/Lakes/WilliamHHarshaLake.aspx

PHONE: (513) 732-2511 EXT. 122 • 1 (800) 404-3157 FAX: (513) 732-6344 www.clermontsun.com

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2013 Calendar of Events U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - William H. Harsha Lake SEPTEMBER

Begin Your Day at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center

Autumn means beautiful scenery, pleasant picnics and hiking adventures. Begin your exploration of the park at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center open daily through mid October. Conveniently located off SR 222 between the north and south entrances of East Fork State Park, you can pick up trail and park maps, a calendar of events, and other information. Displays allow you to discover the natural history of the park and missions of the Corps. The Deer Ridge Trail, an Overlook, and reservable Picnic Shelter shown above are located near the Visitor Center. For more information about programs, volunteer opportunities, shelter reservations, etc. call the Park Ranger at (513) 797-6081. The Corps Operations area also has fishing access, a boat ramp, hiking trails, and a second reservable shelter in the Tailwater. The Emergency Spillway is popular for flying kites, hunting fossils, and flying model airplanes. Views from the Saddle Dam attract walkers and joggers. And this is all just fifteen minutes from East Fork State Park!

1-3 ........Water Safety Blitz! Just where will you find the Corps Ranger today? At the Visitor Center, Boat Ramp, or Beach you say? Wherever she may be, she will have cool give-aways for you and for me! Fun books, tattoos, flying disks and more will be available from 10 until 4. 2 ...........Labor Day Summer's last holiday, and you want your whole family on the lake. Don't get that sinking feeling - pay attention to your boat's capacity plate! 14 .........Amazing Nature Race! Time TBD at the Visitor Center - Join the Amazing Nature Race to discover more about the wonderful world around us. Start at the Corps Visitor Center and travel to stations where you will meet some cool characters and get up close and personal with some of Ohio's most watchable wildlife. Solve nature challenges to receive your next clue and end up with a tasty treat. Appropriate for families and groups with children aged 7 and up. To register, call 513797-6081 by September 12. TBD ......Evening Canoe Float - What could be more enjoyable than floating on Harsha Lake under a near-full moon? We are still working out the details, so check back this summer to see if we were able to make this awesome event a reality! 28 .........National Public Lands Day - 9:30 am - noon - Calling all nature lovers, hunters, anglers, hikers and others who enjoy the outdoors! Celebrate National Public Lands Day by helping to pick up litter along the river and lake shoreline, maintaining trails, or collecting/planting native plant seeds for wildlife. Great for scouts and students needing community service hours! Register by calling the Ranger at 513-797-6081. 14 .........Columbus Day 19 .........Autumn Adventure Hike - 6:30 pm at Tailwater Trail - Who could pass up the opportunity to hike in the light of the harvest moon? Geared for adults or families with children aged 10 and up. We will meet at the Tailwater Trailhead located below the dam to hike the moderately strenuous Tailwater Trail. Register by calling the Ranger at 513-797-6081. 25 - 27 ...Halloween Campout - The supreme park event has the thrills of Halloween mixed with the experience of fall camping. Trick or Treat tops off the weekend! Regular camping fees apply. Call EFSP at 513-734-4323 for details. Or call 1 866-644-6727 to make reservations up to six months in advance for the weekend. Check the Ohio State Parks website for a link to online reservations.

JULY

July 4 – 6 . . .4th of July Campout - Nature programs movies & a cornhole tournament. July 19 – 20 . . . Christmas in July - Holiday parade site decorating contest bike decorating contest movies & nature programs.

SEPTEMBER

September 21 . . . Car Show - Held at the campground. Plus trophies food music & nature programs.

OCTOBER

October 4, 2013 . . . Western Fall Campout - Dress up like your favorite western character, enter your best grub in Cowboy Bob’s Chili cook off & join the sheriff in a jail & bail. October 18 – 20 . . . Not-Quite-Halloween Campout - Hayrides, campsite decorating and costume contests, entertainment & trick or treat. October 25 – 27 . . . Halloween Campout - Games, entertainment, campsite decorating and costume contests, hayrides & trick or treat. schedule may be found at http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/eastfork/tabid/732/Default.aspx

OTHER EVENTS EAST FORK FISHING TOURNAMENTS BOAR’S HEAD CRAPPIE TOURNAMENTS: Call (513)724-1211 for details and to enter.

ANNOUNCEMENT Campground Closure - Portions of the campground are currently closed for construction, including showerhouse renovations • Beginning April 15, 2013, limited camping will be available on a walk-in basis (no reservations) • Camping reservations will resume when the project is completed • Construction is expected to be completed by the end of June 2013 • We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause (posted 2/20/2013).

brought to you by

The Clermont Sun Group To advertise with us contact Cindi or Rene

Cindi Keith

RETAIL ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE E-mail: ckeith@clermontsun.com

PHONE: (513) 732-2511 EXT. 107 • 1 (800) 404-3157 FAX: (513) 732-6344 www.clermontsun.com

published each season by The Clermont Sun Publishing Company, 465 E. Main St., Batavia, OH 4503. Telephone (513) 732-2511.

Rene` Arrigo Mounts RETAIL ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE E-mail: rarrigo@fuse.net

East Fork State Park Newsletter is distributed throughout Clermont and Brown County.

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May 4 - 5 . . . Gold Rush Days Campout - Enjoy a fun weekend of history, food and games celebrating the park's two historic gold mines from 1869. May 24 – 27 . . . Memorial Weekend Campout - Nature programs, movies, and a cornhole tournament.

East Fork State Park NEWS

East Fork State Park NEWSLETTER

Reproduction without permission, is prohibited.

East Fork State Park - 3294 Elklick Road Bethel, OH 45106 • More detailed information is available by calling (513)734-4323

OCTOBER

CALL 513.797.6081 FOR VISITOR CENTER HOURS

Published By The Clermont Sun Publishing Company

East Fork State Park 2013 Events

For More Information On William H. Harsha Lake Go To: http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Recreation/Lakes/WilliamHHarshaLake.aspx

PHONE: (513) 732-2511 EXT. 122 • 1 (800) 404-3157 FAX: (513) 732-6344 www.clermontsun.com

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E AST FORK STATE PARK HUNTING MAP IMPORTANT NOTE No hunting within 400 feet of any picnic area, construction area, residence, barn, service building, shelterhouse, beach, backpack trail, parking lot, road or other structures or driveway within any area administered by the Division of Parks and Recreation. No Sunday hunting on Park Administered land. Hunting of all game, except waterfowl, is prohibited on state park administered areas on Sunday. HUNTING IS PROHIBITED WITHIN 200 FT. OF THE STEVE NEWMAN WORLDWALKER PERIMETER TRAIL ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

Poaching Is A Crime

Call TIP’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-POACHER TIP is your chance to help stop wildlife law violations. Call or write to TIP with the following information: - violation date, time & location - description of violation - names or identifying features of violators - vehicle and license plate number Mail to: TIP Headquarters, Division of Wildlife 2045 Morse Rd., Bldg. G Columbus, OH 43229-6693

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Preventative procedures the best defense against heartworms

For many Americans, the most cherished childhood memories revolve around time spent with a favorite family pet. While time spent using a string to play with your cat or running across a field with your dog are indeed happy memories, the sudden death of a pet can be a sorrowful time for youngsters and adults alike. Each year, thousands of family pets fall ill due to the presence of illness caused by parasites, but such problems ca be treated or prevented with a little education and tender loving care. Heartworm, a slow-developing parasitic infection affecting dogs throughout North America, involves the infestation of a dog’s heart by up to hundreds of long, thin, white worms that reproduce and grow until a dog’s heart can no longer pump enough blood to keep the dog alive. The infection can take up to two years to show any physical signs, and even then it could be overlooked. “The first sign of heartworm disease is that there is no sign, the dog looks perfectly healthy,” said Dr. Debbie Chalker with Georgetown Animal Hospital. After that, usually the next sign is weight loss and coughing. It can cause organ failure including heart, kidney, or liver failure. Heartworms spread from dog to dog by mosquitos. The heartworm reproduces through young worms that live in the blood stream. When bitten by the insect, some of these young are then consumed and transported by bites to healthy dogs. Eventually, the young worms grow into adults and the cycle begins anew. “We always have dogs tested, starting at five months or older. You can actually kill the dog if you start it on certain types of prevention before being tested. Depending on the size of the dog and if you want flea protections, it runs from $5 to $20 a month.” The best step to take is pre-

vention, which can begin with puppies. It is estimated that 30% of dogs and cats in the area have heartworms. “If a dog already has heartworm, they need to be treated with medicine to treat it. It can be complicated, they can take a preventive medicine to keep the dog from getting more until it can be treated, but it won’t treat what’s already there. When a dog is diagnosed with heartworm, the procedure to eliminate the infection can be time consuming and expensive. Typically, Chalker said that clearing up an infection takes a week of rest at the vet’s office, plus an additional six weeks of rest at home to prevent secondary problems. The worm is actually killed with medicine, so no surgery is involved, but the procedure must be followed up with preventative medicine to keep the dog from getting heartworm in the future. “If the dog is infected, it’s an injection in the back a day for two days,” said Chalker. The six weeks of rest prevent pulmonary embolisms which could potentially kill the dog. Then they come back in two weeks after the treatment to start on prevention.” Chalker said that, while rare, some cases of heartworm have been found in humans. Preventative medicine is also available for cats. What are heartworms? Heartworms are long, thin, white worms that live in the heart and adjoining blood vessels. During the adult life cycle, the female produce young called microfilariae. These microfilariae live in the dog’s bloodstream. How do dogs get heartworms? Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos. When a mosquito bites an infected dog, it feeds on the blood which contains microfilaria. After 10 to 30 days in the mosquito’s system, the microfilariae become infected larvae. When the mosquito bites a healthy dog, the animal is infected with lar-

vae which then grow into adult heartworms. Even if a dog has a thick coat, that is no protection against heartworm disease. Mosquitoes can bite into areas with less hair - in the stomach area or on the face and nose. Indoor dogs have as much chance of getting heartworms as dogs that live their lives outside. Most dogs are outside at some time during the day, and mosquitoes can enter houses also. Is heartworm disease widespread? Because the disease is transmitted my mosquitoes, it is especially serious where mosquitoes are predominant. The disease is now present all across the U.S. and Canada. What are the symptoms? By the time symptoms appear, heartworm disease has reached an advanced condition. It may take a number of years for symptoms to develop. Coughing, difficulty in breathing, fatigue, and weight loss are all typical signs. Severely infected dogs may die suddenly during exertion or excitement. How are dogs tested for heartworms? The test most frequently used involves drawing a blood sample form the dog. The sample is examined under a microscope for the presence of microfilariae. A snap heartworm antigen test is performed to test for adult heartworms. If a dog is diagnosed to have heartworm disease, a treatment program is set up to remove both adult worms and microfilariae. Can heartworms be prevented? After a dog is tested and found to be negative, it can be started on a preventative medication. This medication keeps the dog form getting infected if it is bitten by mosquitoes carrying the heartworm larvae. Your veterinarian will advise you about type of preventatives and corrct dosages.

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Life Transitions

Senior Cat

Puppy Care

N.S. Lodwick, D.V.M. J.E. Gish, D.V.M. D.C. Chalker, D.V.M. 9242 Hamer Rd., Georgetown, Ohio

Adult Dog

Adult Cat Senior Dog

Kitten Care

Office Hours by Appointment

(937) 378-6334

Exceptional Veterinary Care For Every Stage Of Your Precious Pet’s Life!

G EORGETOWN ANIMAL HOSPITAL “The Vet...With a Heart”

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For camping reservations call or go online to the following: 1-866-644-6727 or www.ohiostateparks.org East Fork Camp Office: (513)724-6521 Stonelick Camp Office: (513)625-6593 NOTE: Both parks campground offices have seasonal and varied hours of operation. For more details, maps and other brochures for East Fork State Park and Stonelick State Park call or e-mail the main office at the following:

(513)734-4323 or East.Fork.Parks@dnr.state.oh.us THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING OHIO STATE PARKS

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FIREWOOD ALERT

EASTFOrk STATE PArk NEwS - AUTUMN 2013 • PAGE 7

THE BOAR REPORT MIKE ARNOLD - The Boar’s Head Bait & Carryout

Ohio's Department of Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture are trying to stop the spread of 2 invasive insects that are killing various species of trees, the Asian Longhorned Beetle and the Emerald Ash Borer. Mike Arnold, Owner

The federal quarantine, enforced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, remains in effect • This quarantine makes it illegal to transport ash trees, parts of ash trees and all hardwood firewood out of the state of Ohio. Make your promise to not move firewood!

Howdy Everyone! Fall is getting here and hopefully fishing will too. It’s not been bad but alot of fish have been small, the water cools down and the big fish will start biting. The last two crappie tournament winning weights have not been over 5 lb. Our championship is coming up and I think they will have a good bite for that. The last of October and the first of November are always good. Look for the bait fish and

East Fork Fishing & Hunting Report

they will be there, 10 feet to 25 feet depths are where fishermen are catching them. This is also time to catch some nice bass and stripper. Again, look in the cover for bait fish, top of the water and spinner work good this time of year. Bring on hunting season which started the 1st of September with squirrel and deer September 28 and turkey October 14th and November 1. all the rest, rabbit, fox, raccoon, but one we need to start going after is the coyote. They have been getting very bad, you see more hit on the road and behind your homes. They need to be hunted more. I have had hunters come in and say they have seen up to 10 coyotes in a pack and that could bring down alot of deer and other game. Again, this year deer tags have changed so make sure you look at all new rules.

E AST FORK STATE PARK CAMPSITE GUIDE

You can pick up a new book when yo u renew your licenses. Until next time, good fishing and hunting to all. Always be safe, wear that life jacket and hunting orange so you can be seen by other hunters.

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Mike Arnold Boar’s Head Bait & Carryout

513-724-1211

E AST FORK STATE PARK BRIDLE TRAILS Rules and Regulations to Remember • All riders must stay on designated trail • No new trails, short cuts, or modifications shall be made • Do not detour around muddy areas • Pack out your garbage • Do not tie horses to trees • Dogs must be kept on leashes

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One of the elaborately decorated campsites found at the annual East Fork Halloween Campout.

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Now Renting Penske Trucks!

NEW BUILDING

NOW OPEN!

BATAVIA EASTFORK O D D

CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO Learn More About East Fork State Park’s Camping, Boating & Wildlife

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Autumn 2013

B O AT S C AMP ERS

FISHING SU P PL IES

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OHIO - America’s Finest State Park System www.ohiostateparks.org - email: east.fork.parks@dnr.state.oh.us Park Office (513) 734-4323 Camp Office (513) 724-6521 In This Issue • • • • •

SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS • 24 HOUR ACCESS • FULLY FENCED/LIGHTED • KEYCODE ENTRY/EXIT

• OUTSIDE STORAGE • VARIETY OF UNIT SIZES • HIGH CEILINGS IN UNITS

Boar Report Camping Map Park and Hunting Maps Bridle Trails Map William H. Harsha Lake and East Fork State Park Event Information

2644 OLD STATE ROUTE 32, BATAVIA, OH 45103

(513) 724-7233

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East Fork State Park Campgrounds are ready for Halloween!

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