Recent studies have found an increased presence of a tapeworm infecting coyotes, foxes, and rodents across the Canadian province of Alberta.
Last year, Penn State researchers announced a focus study on the growing problem of sarcoptic mange among the state’s black bear populations. The study has been led by immunologists and entomologists within Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, which has focused on bear ecology, bear movement, and the animal’s immune response amid an increasing mange presence.
Just as the acorn mast abundance of two years ago drove a rodent explosion last year, I’m confident the expansion in rodent presence will drive a “cyclical boom” in New England’s predatory species this year.
Many know me for my outdoor pursuits, advocacy, and trials in the wildlife control industry. What many don’t know is my affinity for the arts. My past experiences in the fine arts are why I’m skilled at talking about trapping beaver and preparing a porcupine stew whilst in the same breath discussing the dualities of art nouveau and art deco. I’m not opposed to walking miles of untouched forest tracking fisher while debating dadaism and the relevancy of Marcel Duchamp.
Is New Hampshire finding its way out of a cyclical “boom and bust” fisher trend? Current data is great for checking trends, but does it give you the root cause of a perceived decline? Biologists have stated fisher appear to be adapting (and thriving) in more urban areas; have these creatures forgone the dense hemlock groves where trappers roam for the dumpsters and back decks of suburban sprawl?