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Outbound: Kansas

Each week, K-State Research and Extension wildlife specialist Charlie Lee joins Eric Atkinson, agriculture director for the K-State Radio Network, to discuss a wide variety of wildlife issues of interest to farmers, ranchers, hunters and wildlife enthusiasts of all kinds.  Each feature is approximately 5-minutes in length.

Send comments, questions or requests for copies of past programs to ksrenews@ksu.edu.

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01-19-18RODENT FUMIGATION SYSTEM– There’s an experimental new approach to fumigating burrowing rodents that was recently evaluated in a K-State field trial.  While this method is not yet approved for use in Kansas, it has caught the attention of numerous farmers and other landowners who are combating rodent problems. OUT 01-19
01-12-18CATS AND COYOTES– Feral cats can cause an assortment of problems in populated areas.  What to do about those problems has long been discussed and debated.  One idea that has come up is the possibility of allowing coyotes to prey on feral cats in a natural setting.  A new study explored whether that approach has any merit.OUT 01-12
01-05-18BIRD FEEDER PLACEMENT– There is a strategy to feeding songbirds in the yard through the winter…and that starts with proper placement of the feeder itself.OUT 01-05
12-22-17QUAIL NUTRITION NEEDS– Quail numbers in Kansas have rebounded in recent years but extreme winter conditions still pose a threat to quail survival. The two keys to that are protective habitat and adequate nutrition. But just how much nutrition is needed?OUT 12-22
12-15-17RABBIT REPELLENT EVALUATION– As winter comes on, rabbits often take to feeding on the bark of young trees and shrubs, which can open them up to disease or otherwise interfere with their growth.  Most rabbit repellent products only do a so-so job of keeping rabbits away.  However, a new experimental compound has proven more effective in field trials.OUT 12-15
12-08-17WILDLIFE TRANSLOCATION RESEARCH– In an attempt to expand endangered wildlife populations in specific areas, officials have translocated wildlife into those areas as a conservation measure.  Follow-up research shows that using translocation for this purpose bears mixed results. OUT 12-08
12-01-17DEER WASTING DISEASE– Chronic wasting disease has taken a toll on white-tail and mule deer in the High Plains region.  And as the firearms deer hunting season has commenced in Kansas, hunters should be on the watch for symptoms of this condition as they harvest deer. OUT 12-01
11-24-17DEER MOVEMENT INFLUENCES– White-tailed deer are on the move at this time of the year…of particular concern to motorists as they attempt to avoid collisions with deer. Why this deer movement occurs has been the subject of considerable study over the years but it essentially comes down to two general patterns. OUT 11-24
11-17-17ANTLER POINT RESTRICTIONS– In an effort to promote a higher-quality deer harvest for hunters, the state of Missouri has had in place antler point restrictions for a few years.  The intent is to allow only the harvest of more mature bucks while at the same time encouraging doe harvest.  A recent assessment of that policy rendered some interesting results.OUT 11-17
11-10-17HUMANS AND CARNIVORES– A recent study of large carnivore attacks on humans in the United States over the past 60 years sheds some light on what instigates carnivore predation on people.  In nearly all cases, taking common-sense precautions would have averted these attacks, which often resulted in fatalities. OUT 11-10
11-03-17COUNTING HOWLING COYOTES– Collecting information on local coyote populations is important to quite a few people, including livestock producers.  Often, people will go by the nighttime howling of coyotes to get an idea of how many are around.  However, a recent study out of Texas indicated that coyote “vocalization” may not render the most accurate count.OUT 11-03
10-27-17PREVENTING WOODPECKER DAMAGE– Common woodpeckers can occasionally inflict damage to the exterior of homes…even those not featuring wood siding.  There are actually a couple of reasons why woodpeckers drill into home siding but there are some options for discouraging them from doing so.OUT 10-27 
10-20-17LARGE WOODPECKER ACTIVITY– Though it’s found only in the more established wooded areas in Kansas, the pileated woodpecker plays an important role in the state’s woodlands ecosystem. Learn more about this unusually large woodpecker and what it does to promote other wildlife species as it pecks on trees for food.OUT 10-20 
10-13-17COYOTE REPRODUCTION STUDY– A number of factors can influence the reproductive success of coyotes in the wild. A new study set out to measure the impact of nutrition on coyote conception and litter size. What it found is that the availability of common prey like rodents may be only a secondary factor.OUT 10-13 
10-06-17RODENT REPELLANT STUDY– Farmers and homeowners have long sought a repellant product that is truly effective against mice, rats, voles, rabbits and other critters that can cause damage. Researchers may have discovered just such a compound, which has been used as a bird repellent for years.  OUT 10-06
09-29-17LEAST SHREW FACTS– Many people mistake it for a mole when it shows up in their basements or garages, when it is, in fact, a least shrew.  It’s the smallest mammal residing in Kansas, and unlike the mole, it causes little trouble for homeowners and is an important component of the local ecosystem.OUT 09-29
09-22-17HUNTING COLLARED DOVES– Unlike the native mourning dove, the Eurasian collared dove inhabits the central plains region year-round.  And it is a hunting option when mourning doves start to migrate out of the area. K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee offers some background on the collared dove, including the fact that hunting restrictions for it are much more lax in Kansas than for mourning doves.OUT 09-22
09-15-17BIRD FEEDER PREDATORS– Many people enjoy attracting songbirds to their home settings by placing feeders in the yard.  But they unwittingly may also be creating a feeding ground for predatory birds like hawks, which will prey on the smaller birds. While there are measures that can be taken to reduce the chances of that happening, preventing that predation outright may be difficult.OUT 09-15
09-08-17DEER FOOD PLOTS– If a landowner is interested in establishing a food plot to attract deer this fall and winter, that should be done right away. And, there’s more to this objective than just planting something.  Before they begin, landowners need to think this through and consider several factors.OUT09-08 
09-01-17FERAL CATS AND WILDLIFE – It’s been a long-standing wildlife conservation issue…the negative impact of feral cat predation on wildlife.  Some new numbers vividly illustrate that impact, but a good solution to the problem remains elusive.OUT 09-01
08-25-17BIRD COLLISION LOSSES– Birds in flight routinely collide with the exterior windows of buildings…and those losses add up to hundreds of millions of birds each year.  A recent study set out to determine if the design and location of a building influences the frequency of such collisions.OUT 08-25
08-18-17TESTING FOR TOXIC ALGAE– Once again, conditions have been right this summer for blue-green algae to develop in many Kansas farm ponds.  Livestock and pets should be kept away from these algae blooms, which can also be detrimental to wildlife. However, before taking action, confirm the algae is the toxic kind. OUT 08-18
08-11-17FISH AVOIDING BAIT – Many anglers have suspected that catch-and-release fish can actually learn to avoid bait over time.  A recent study set out to affirm that, using artificial lures.  OUT 08-11
08-04-17PLAGUE AND WEATHER– Many prairie dog colonies have been ravaged by plague, which in turn disrupts the ecosystem which relies on prairie dogs as a food source.  A recent study in Colorado attempted to link weather patterns to prairie dog losses resulting from outbreaks of plague.  OUT 08-04