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TRUE GREEN Deer Hunter Exposed to Rabies

photo: Ducks Unlimited

McFaddin NWR Gets Upgrade Ducks Unlimited and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently partnered to complete a project funded through a $378,000North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant. The project improved management capabilities and waterfowl habitat on McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson County. Located along Highway 87 at the southeastern tip of Texas, near the Louisiana border, the 55,000-acre McFaddin NWR consists of the largest remaining freshwater marsh on the Texas Coast and thousands of acres of intermediate to brackish marsh. The project enhanced habitat on the Lost Bayou Unit through the installation of a water control structure and pump. The Lost Bayou Unit is a 1,450-acre fresh/ intermediate marsh located entirely within McFaddin NWR along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The new water control structure, a stainless steel weir with oper54 |

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This water control structure at the Lost Bayou Unit incorporates a low-lift pump station that moves water in and out of the Unit regardless of tide levels.

able gates to regulate water levels and saltwater intrusion, will allow refuge staff to manage water depths to optimize marsh habitat for wildlife benefits. The new structure also accommodates a permanent pump to increase water delivery options and provide Refuge staff with an adjustable and dependable means of managing the Lost Bayou Unit, regardless of tides or salinities. Continued on page 56 u F i s h

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission reported in February that a hunter was given post-exposure rabies shots after killing and field-dressing a deer that ultimately tested positive for rabies. “The hunter contacted us about his concerns that the deer was unfit for human consumption,” said John Veylupek, Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO). “The hunter said that he saw the deer standing in a creek, straining and growling. He thought there was a coyote nearby from the sounds the deer was making. “After gathering samples for testing, it was determined that the deer was rabid. Because the hunter had scratches on his hands and had field dressed the deer without wearing gloves, we urged him to undergo post-exposure rabies shots.” Dr. Walter Cottrell, Game Commission wildlife veterinarian, reiterated the agency’s long-standing recommendations that hunters and trappers avoid harvesting animals that appear sick and to wear rubber or latex gloves when field dressing any mammal. “All mammals are susceptible to rabies and can spread the virus in the right circumstances,” Dr. Cottrell said.

—Staff Report «TG

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