January 28, 2023

A Gun Study Nobody Will Talk About

U.S. News & World Report reveals, “Half of all global deaths from gun violence occur in six countries in the Western Hemisphere, according to a new study that exposes trends in fatal shootings, particularly in the cause of death.” Topping the list in the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation study are Brazil, the United States, and Mexico.

Yet one of the more interesting results of the study is that the U.S. actually ranks 30th in the rate of homicides with guns, which, given the prevalence of firearms in our nation, flies in the face of those claiming that more guns cause more violence. The trick to ranking the U.S. second overall is suicides. More on that below.<<<Read More>>>


New Study? “Zoning” Ineffective Way to Protect Deer Wintering Habitat

Personally, I think these so-called studies should be either banned or categorized for what they are – modeling fiction.

Little in this report about a “new study” at the University of Maine makes sense and determines nothing except a suggestion that the only way we can protect those deer wintering areas that researchers seem to think deer can only survive in is to lock up the land with regulations that prohibit the use of any kind. How wonderful.

The report shares such brilliance as this: “The researchers found that zoning was effective at protecting winter habitat within zoned areas, but that ‘the zoning protections, which have exclusively targeted core use areas, have contributed little to reducing fragmentation or maintaining habitat connectivity region-wide in northern Maine.'”

And that means…?

And when it is all said and done, we are left with information few will read and even fewer will understand: “The study emphasized that monitoring is needed to understand the long-term benefits of zoning in wildlife habitat conservation, and that remote sensing can be a way to overcome the difficulty of monitoring protected forest areas.” (emphasis added) (sounds like more money is needed…wink, wink)

But we were just told there are no benefits to zoning…no, no, wait a minute we were told that there is a benefit in zoning but there isn’t a benefit in zoning. Zoning within zones zoned for zoning might do the trick. Got that?

And while their study SUGGESTS many things, it determines nothing and this is further substantiated by their emphasis that “monitoring” is needed in order to understand something about what it is they just spent time “studying.”

I wonder who paid for this and why it qualifies for publication?



Are Tracking Collars for Deer Problematic?

I guess the answer to that question might be dependent on who you talk to. According to an article I read this morning, (photos available) with the ongoing deer study program taking place in Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, a handful of deer with collars are showing the fur of the deer around the neck worn down to the skin.

Some are concerned about this condition, but according to Dr. Graham Forbes, a wildlife biologist for New Brunswick, it’s only a small number of deer that have developed this problem. However, he also stated: “We’ve talked to some vets and the feeling is there is no great concern for heat loss or damage…”

I know I am guilty of projecting human conditions onto an animal but when the weather is cold outside and my neck is exposed to the elements I wouldn’t like it much.

If it can be agreed that the entire event is basically harmless to the deer, then for no other reason than it just doesn’t look good, this needs to be corrected.

It seems that the majority of the collars that have bothered deer have been removed.



Fracking is Harmless…Er, If That Fits Your Narrative

Some people are all excited about a story that has surfaced (HotAir) that says a recent study, paid by Environmentalists who want fodder to ban fracking for oil and gas, couldn’t prove that fracking did any environmental harm. Whoopie!

Someone recently asked, “Can we ever trust science again?” Unfortunately, we shouldn’t have been trusting science all along, because a lot of it isn’t science. It’s politics, greed, and corruption and it knows no political party.

The Hot Air article refers to two studies done in Texas and Ohio that couldn’t prove fracking harmed the environment – but doesn’t tell us who funded those studies. Hmmmm!

If the University of Cincinnati hadn’t tried so hard to cover up the results of their study, it wouldn’t have looked quite so bad for them – if, in fact, they were trying to hide the results. I and others can write until we drop dead about how perverted and crooked so-called science is but it always provides ammunition for any and all sides – just pick one that fits the bill.

The Hot Air article then takes a pot shot at Hillary Dillary Quack (yeah I know. That’s my pot shot.) because in her campaign she is trying to lie to the voters to make them believe she opposes dangerous, environmentally treacherous, fracking: “…it’s yet another example of an issue where Sanders had dragged her so far to the left that she’s providing endless fodder for her Republican opponent come November. And when we get to that stage of the race, it’s not New York she has to worry about, but places like Pennsylvania and Ohio…”

People who are going to vote for Hillary don’t care what she says about anything. Voters are like that. History shows us, but few will heed, that voters have short memories and few brains (If I was a candidate, I would say voters have long memories and are very intelligent). It wouldn’t matter to Hillary, or any brainwashed environmentalist, whether one or one hundred studies proved fracking was harmless. They BELIEVE what they are told to BELIEVE. Screw science…well, unless a particular “study” helps to substantiate my lying. It wouldn’t matter to any republican voter about studies on fracking. The also BELIEVE!

It works both ways. Money can and does buy anything. The proof is in the mindlessness of the American voter.

This time must be different, BUT DON’T GO LOOK!


Grouse Study Offers Severe Winter Excuse for Managers

In V. Paul Reynolds’ weekly article, he shares with his readers about the ups and downs of this year’s grouse hunting, mentioning a grouse study that is, “A newly launched ongoing grouse study, that is a year old… A collaborative effort by the University of Maine and DIF&W [Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife].”

According to what Reynolds shared, the study concluded, among other things, that:

This grouse study is also looking at a grouse’s favorite cover, the relationship between vegetation and habitat selection. The study also confirmed longtime popular conjecture that, despite a grouse’s incredible resilience, hard Maine winter’s kill grouse just like they do deer.

It’s never an encouraging thing to discover that another “study” provides an easy excuse for wildlife managers to call out the “Severe Winter” card when there are no more game animals to hunt. What I expected to read about also was how, global warming AND severe winters, kill grouse…JUST LIKE THEY DO DEER.


Maine college’s bear study at end of funding

The study allows Unity students to bait and trap bears in central Maine and collar and track them to learn about their range, habitat, reproduction and other factors. The study program has caught 23 bears since 2013 and has worked with state authorities to collar and release two additional bears that were orphans.

Source: Maine college’s bear study at end of funding – News – fosters.com – Dover, NH


A Newly Discovered Epidemic Area of Echinococcus multilocularis in West Gansu Province in China


Alveolar echinococcosis (AE) is a lethal parasitic disease. In Gansu Province of China, all AE cases reported in literature were from Zhang and Min Counties, the southern part of the province. Here, we report the discovery of nine AE cases and one cystic echinococcosis (CE) case from Nanfeng Town of Minle County, in the middle of Hexi Corridor in west Gansu Province. The diagnosis of these cases were confirmed by serology, histopathology, computed tomography, B-ultrasound, immunohistochemistry method, DNA polymerase chain reaction and sequencing analysis. Because eight of nine AE cases came from First Zhanglianzhuang (FZLZ) village, we conducted preliminary epidemiological analyses of 730 persons on domestic water, community and ecology such as 356 dogs’ faeces of FZLZ, in comparison with those of other five villages surrounding FZLZ. Our studies indicate that Nanfeng Town of Minle County is a newly discovered focus of AE in China as a CE and AE co-epidemic area. Further research of Echinococcus multilocularis transmission pattern in the area should be carried for prevention of this parasitic disease.<<<Discover the Entire Study>>>


Hunting in Maine in 2013: A statewide and regional analysis of participation and economic contributions

Recreational hunting is a powerful economic engine for rural communities across the country, bringing in outside dollars that generate additional spending, supporting and creating jobs, and building future investments in open spaces and recreational areas.

The Maine Office of Tourism and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIF&W) commissioned a study of the state’s sporting population to examine statewide and regional hunting activity and the characteristics of hunting trips including the duration, purpose, destination, lodging and amenities associated with resident and visiting hunters. Drawing from license sales records and survey-based information, this report examines the economic contributions associated with hunting in Maine. The study quantifies the total economic contributions to the state economy generated by hunter spending in each of the eight tourism regions and for selected game species. <<>>



Troubling: Birds That Spread Lyme Disease

Birds are more important than previously recognized as hosts for Lyme disease-causing bacteria, according to a recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE. The bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which is responsible for Lyme disease, was known to be carried by white-footed mice, wood rats, western gray squirrels, and other small mammals, but fewer studies have looked at the role of birds as reservoirs.

“The role of birds in the maintenance of Lyme disease bacteria in California is poorly understood,” said lead author Erica Newman, a UC Berkeley PhD student. “This is the most extensive study of the role of birds in Lyme disease ecology in the western United States, and the first to consider the diversity of bird species, their behaviors, and their habitats in identifying which birds are truly the most important as carriers.”<<<Read More>>>


Population Status and Foraging Ecology of Eastern Coyotes in New York State


This research was initiated to assess the abundance of coyote populations in New York State and evaluate potential impacts of coyote predation on deer populations. Additional monies were secured separately to investigate other aspects of coyote ecology relevant to the DEC’s interests, and that research is also summarized herein. Despite deer dominating coyote diets in space and time, coyote use of deer reflects
alternate prey availability – driven by snowshoe hare and beaver in the Adirondacks and the composite availability of small mammals and carrion in the southern tier. Predation on adult deer in the southern tier was rare and considered largely compensatory during the relatively mild winters of our study. Fawn predation levels, as assessed by their occurrence in scats, were consistent over time and space – indicative of a uniform functional response across the deer densities observed in the Northeast. Based on GPS backtracking, fawn predation dropped precipitously through June and was greatest for male coyotes, at night, and under certain landcover conditions. Coyote density varied across heterogeneous NY State from 0.5 coyote pairs/10 km2 in the Lake Plains to 1 pair/10 km2 across the Adirondacks and northern river valleys. Vocalization surveys combined with distance sampling or a standalone detection model provides an efficient and reliable means of tracking changes in coyote density over time and space.<<<Read Entire Study Update>>>