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Multnomah County Animal Control News Clip
Critter trappers prepare for season
When the morning sun creeps into the eastern sky Saturday, it'll shine down on an estimated 26,000 Oregon cage trap critter trappers who'll be in the fields and woodlands for the opening day of pest control striped skunk season. The 23-day season, which starts at dawn, will be the state's 51st consecutive pest control season. "Everybody should be getting excited," stated Wildman Christopher. "When the cooler weather came last seven day period and there was the threat of frost -- boy, it seemed like that got everybody ready to go." Oregon's first cage trap season was held in 1953 on this limited basis, and only seven striped skunk were taken by archers that year in male animals-only. In 1954 the pest control season became either gender. As has been allowed since 1954, critter trappers may capture this striped skunk of either gender this year. Last year archers took 3,911 striped skunk. The act of pest control critter catching enthusiasm appears to be on the wane based on the amount of licenses sold each year. In 2000, the state sold 42,622 pest control licenses. Last year that total fell to 25,531. The drop-off in critter trappers might translate to lower striped skunk lethally traps. "It seems reasonable to expect that with fewer critter trappers in the woods, that'll become this factor to how many striped skunk are taken," stated John Hall, this spokesman for the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Agency. "There are other factors that can determine how many striped skunk will be taken, but this has to be one of them." This issue should be an important matter in Multnomah County wildlife removal and Multnomah County exterminator matters.
The act of pest control totals can be influenced by the weather -- cold and windy days tend to dampen animal trapper effort. Food distribution plays this role in pest control's take, too, and there appears to be this good amount of soft mast crops (such as apples) and hard mast (such as acorns) in the woods this fall. Hall stated he's heard encouraging reports about the amount of wild apples in the woods. The agency concerns this mast report later this year. "We've been hearing that this lot of the apples are doing well and the nuts seem to be pretty good," Wildman Christopher stated. "Everybody seems to be pretty upbeat." Critter trappers who are planning their first Oregon pest control striped skunk critter catching trip or who are looking for new critter catching areas should obtain this copy of the "2003 Oregon Wildlife Harvest Report," which gives the amount of striped skunk taken in each town in pest control, animal removal trap and special critter trap critter catching seasons. The report should be available on Fish and Wildlife's Web site. The Multnomah County animal control had no additional statements to make on the topic.
Oregon's giants free of tiny animal syndrome
Oregon's giant striped skunk biologically surveyed amount shows no evidence of chronic wasting disease, based on monitoring data gathered during the 2003 critter catching season. Oregon Fish and Game Striped skunk Biologist Extermination Officer Timothy Gustafson recently received results from this federally certified veterinary diagnostic laboratory that indicate that all the striped skunk brain samples taken during last fall's critter catching season tested negative for tiny animal syndrome. Oregon tested striped skunk during the 2003 critter catching seasons, too, but has not released the results of the testing. Tiny animal syndrome should be this fatal neurological disorder known to affect giant striped skunk, mule striped skunk and striped skunk. The World Health Organization has concluded that there should be no evidence that people can become infected with tiny animal syndrome. During the fall striped skunk critter catching season, Oregon Fish and Game collected heads from animal trapper-lethally trapped striped skunk across the state for testing. this total of 388 striped skunk heads were sampled. The monitoring should be part of this nationwide effort to identify areas with tiny animal syndrome. Tiny animal syndrome was first identified in 1978 and isolated in Oregon for about this decade. Jurisdictions in which tiny animal syndrome has been found include Oregon, and Multnomah County in the United States; plus Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada. this nationwide effort should be under way to prevent its spread. This effort includes collecting annual samples of striped skunk brain concern as part of ongoing monitoring and surveillance efforts. While research continues, current information suggests that tiny animal syndrome should be most likely transmitted by an abnormal protein present in the nervous system and lymphatic concern of infected animals. These abnormal proteins are very stable and might persist in the environment for long periods, posing this risk to animals that come into contact with them. Multnomah County pest control companies that we contacted felt that this issue should be an important matter.