Ticks and Your Health: Preventing tick-borne diseases in Michigan, 2019, MI Dept Health and Human Services, DNR, MSUTick-borne diseases are “reportable diseases.” Physicians, veterinarians and laboratories that diagnose these conditions are required to report them to local health departments and animal health regulatory officials. This information is used to educate both the public and healthcare community about the risk of tick-borne disease in Michigan.

deer wolves, Aldo Leopold

Thinking Like a Mountain: Aldo Leopold and the Evolution of an Ecological Attitude toward Deer, Wolves and Forest

by Susan Flader
2000, 284pp

Urban Deer Complex

The Urban Deer Complex

by A.J. DeRosa
May 12, 2014
Dangerous Cow Publishing, 222 pp


Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds

by Jim Sterba
Crown, 343 pp., $26.00

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DEERLAND – America’s Hunt for Ecological Balance and the Essence of Wildness

Lyons Press
available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble.

Biology and Management of White-tailed Deer

Biology and Management of White-tailed Deer Hardcover – June 24, 2011
by David G. Hewitt
Hardcover – June 24, 2011

Lyme Disease

Why It’s Spreading, How It Makes You Sick, and What to Do about It– March 2015
by Alan G. Barbour, MD

    Drawing on real case histories of individuals with Lyme disease—or illnesses that may be mistaken for Lyme disease—Barbour explains:· The biology of the spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, that causes Lyme disease· The role of animals such as mice that carry the infection· The life cycle of the ticks that transmit the infection· The importance of deer in perpetuating the cycle· The basics of diagnostic laboratory tests and how test results are interpreted· How antibiotics are used in treating Lyme disease.

Tick Management Handbook, Revised 2007, An integrated guide for homeowners, pest control operators, and public health officials for the prevention of tick-associated disease, Kirby C. Stafford III, Connecticut Agricultural Experimentation Station

How can the desire to have a more natural, environmentally friendly habitat be balanced with the need to reduce contact with animals carrying ticks and the creation of a tick safe zone? The presence of deer and rodents can result in the presence of ticks. This is an area that has not been adequately explored and little information is available on how to best integrate the two different objectives. Open lawns harbor fewer ticks and wildlife that carry potentially infected ticks. There is limited evidence that increased animal diversity may reduce the rate of transmission of tick-associated disease, resulting in fewer infected ticks. However, the fragmented woodland and ecotone environment of suburbia favors the deer and mice most involved in the maintenance and transmission of tick-associated diseases.

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