K-State Research and Extension News
Wildlife

Badger Activity in Crop Fields... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about badger activity in Kansas, and the prospects for controlling badger burrowing in crop fields.

3/2/2015 6:00:00 PM


DEVELOPING RABBIT HABITAT Play Audio



Comparatively speaking, it’s a relatively unsung hunting opportunity in Kansas:  the prominence of the cottontail rabbit.  In fact, a landowner, if so inclined, can manage habitat to encourage increased rabbit numbers…even though they’re quite prolific in their own right. This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about habitat management for the cottontail.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


Rabbit Hunting... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee promotes rabbit hunting as an unsung but rewarding game activity, and talks about habitat management for building cottontail rabbit numbers.

2/23/2015 6:00:00 PM


COPPERHEADS ON TRAILS Play Audio



More than occasionally, hikers on public park trails will encounter copperheads…poisonous snakes that aren’t to be trifled with.  A new study examined copperhead activity on and near hiking trails, to gain a better understanding of why they spend time in those areas.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reviews that work this week.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


Copperhead Snakes in Kansas... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new study of copperhead activity near public hiking trails, seeking a way to minimize human encounters with these poisonous snakes.

2/16/2015 6:00:00 PM


QUAIL AND RAPTORS Play Audio



Avian raptors will prey on bob-white quail, when given the opportunity.  A new study in Texas explored how quail behave when raptors enter their habitat.  And the information from that study can be useful in developing protective habitat for quail, as K-State Research and Extension wildlife specialist Charlie Lee outlines this week.

2/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


Quail and Predators Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reviews a new study out of Texas that tracked the behavior of bob-white quail when predatory raptors enter their habitat.

2/9/2015 6:00:00 PM


Think Spring … and Rabbit-Resistant Flowers



It happens way too often – we tuck those tender flowers into our landscapes and wake up to find they’ve turned into rabbit food overnight. Something to keep in mind as we’re planning for spring planting, however, is that there are certain flowers that rabbits typically don’t eat.

2/9/2015 8:00:00 AM


DEER AND BOVINE T-B Play Audio



Bovine tuberculosis, or T-B, can be a devastating disease in cattle herds.  Fortunately, it is a rare occurrence these days.  However, it’s been found that white-tail deer can serve as carriers of this disease, and can transmit it to cattle herds.  Preventing that from happening is a great challenge, as K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee addresses this week.

2/5/2015 6:00:00 PM


Deer and Bovine Tuberculosis Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reviews a new study of the role that white-tail deer can play in the transmission of bovine tuberculosis to cattle.

2/2/2015 6:00:00 PM


WALLEYE IN FARM PONDS Play Audio



Walleye are a highly-popular game fish in Kansas reservoirs and larger watershed lakes.  Quite a few landowners routinely express interest in introducing walleye into their farm ponds, according to K-State Research and Extension wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.  He always points out that walleye simply don’t do well in the farm pond ecosystem, as he outlines this week. 

1/29/2015 6:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Karl Matlack - Stinger



The woman in New York pours her liquid laundry detergent into the washing machine. She doesn’t realize that one element of her laundry soap came from a product transported by a machine built halfway across the country in rural Kansas. It’s today’s Kansas Profile.
1/28/2015 8:00:00 AM


Walleye in Farm Ponds Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses the challenges of introducing walleye as a game fish in farm ponds.

1/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


FERAL CAT CONTROL Play Audio



On last week’s edition, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reported on a study of feral cats as carriers of a disease which can afflict other wildlife, and potentially, humans who consume wild game.  This week, Charlie takes a closer look at the overall problem of the ever-growing feral cat population, and the negative impacts other wildlife…and what can, and can’t, be done about it.

1/22/2015 6:00:00 PM


Opinions Sought on Feral Hog Control



When wildlife populations bloom or problems arise from certain wildlife species, an allowance for sport hunting might come immediately to mind as a potential solution. Letting the hunters help by decreasing the numbers makes sense, right?


1/21/2015 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Bret Chilcott - Ag Eagle - Part 2



Where are your data? These days, I am told that my data are in what the techies call “the cloud” – wherever that is. Today, in the conclusion of a two-part series, we’ll learn more about a company which is gathering agricultural data by going up to the clouds – and I mean that literally.
1/21/2015 8:00:00 AM


Conservation Tree Planting Program Play Audio



K-State forester Leah Scott announces that orders are now being taken for low-cost conservation tree seedlings through the Kansas Conservation Tree Planting Program, for windbreak, riparian or other conservation plantings...and Kate Hagans files a report on a new $13 million USDA water quality initiative for establishing conservation tree plantings in riparian areas that drain into Kansas reservoirs...with advisory and technical support being provided by the Kansas Forest Service at K-State.

1/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


Controlling Feral Cats Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee continues the discussion of the feral cat problem in the U.S., this week outlining the extent of the problem overall, and why controlling it is so difficult.

1/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


FERAL CAT DISEASE Play Audio



Free-ranging cats, or feral cats, are long notorious for their predation on upland game birds and other wildlife.  They also harbor another concern, as carriers of a severe disease that infect other wildlife, and potentially, humans.  A new study looked into that disease threat, and K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee summarizes its findings. 

1/15/2015 6:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Bret Chilcott - Ag Eagle - Part 1



Have you ever wanted a birds-eye view? Wouldn’t it be great to have a viewpoint from up high, to enable us to see over a fence or in the middle of a field? Today we’ll meet an amazing company which is using robotic aircraft to provide that aerial view. The results are helping this remarkable company to grow in rural Kansas.
1/14/2015 8:00:00 AM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

1/13/2015 6:00:00 PM


Feral Cats As Disease Carriers Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a new study of feral cats as carriers of a disease that can spread to wildlife, and potentially to humans who consume wild game.

1/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


FERAL HOG CONTROL Play Audio



The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is now soliciting public input on proposals for dealing with the rapidly expanding feral hog herd in the country.  These hogs in the wild are causing substantial crop and property damage and can serve as a carrier for numerous critical livestock diseases.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about what A-P-H-I-S is proposing in the way of feral hog control. 

1/8/2015 6:00:00 PM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.
 

1/6/2015 6:00:00 PM


First of Farm Bill Informational Meetings to Begin Mid-January



U.S. crop producers have until the end of March to make big decisions under the new farm bill. To help with those decisions, Kansas State University is teaming with several sponsors to host 15 half-day educational meetings in January and February.
1/6/2015 8:00:00 AM


Feral Hog Control Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a new call from the USDA for public input on approaches to feral hog control, as the concern over damage and livestock health issues linked to feral hog activity continues to grow.
 

1/5/2015 6:00:00 PM


COYOTE MONOGAMY STUDY Play Audio



Wildlife officials have long observed the behavior, but up to now there had been no bona fide scientific study of coyote monogamy.  New research confirms this aspect of the coyote’s social structure.  And K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee says this information lends to better approaches to coyote predation control, on which he elaborates this week.

12/18/2014 6:00:00 PM


Social Behavior of Coyotes Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new study of the social behavior of coyotes, which confirms their monogamous nature...useful information when it comes to coyote predation control.

12/15/2014 6:00:00 PM


POCKET GOPHER CONTROL Play Audio



Harmless as they may seem, pocket gophers can wreak havoc in alfalfa fields and with drip irrigation systems.  Trapping and rodenticide use are the two main means of controlling pocket gophers.  And a recent study illustrated how important proper training is to succeeding with either of those methods.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee takes a closer look at that research this week.   

12/11/2014 6:00:00 PM


Pocket Gopher Control Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a new study of pocket gopher control methods, which showed why proper training in gopher trapping techniques makes all the difference in control success.

12/8/2014 6:00:00 PM