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Trail Mix for Oct. 23: Deer population affected by deadly virus

Deer stop to look at tourists while grazing in Yosemite National Park in 2013. On Tuesday, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that it has received more than 50 reports of sick or dead deer from Siskiyou to Fresno counties, likely caused by the adenovirus hemorrhagic disease. The public is asked to report sick or dead deer to a CDFW Regional office.
Deer stop to look at tourists while grazing in Yosemite National Park in 2013. On Tuesday, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that it has received more than 50 reports of sick or dead deer from Siskiyou to Fresno counties, likely caused by the adenovirus hemorrhagic disease. The public is asked to report sick or dead deer to a CDFW Regional office. Fresno Bee file

State biologists and veterinarians have received more than 50 reports of sick or dead deer from Siskiyou to Fresno counties since 2013, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week, with adenovirus hemorrhagic disease believed to be the main cause.

While fatal to deer, the disease is not harmful to humans, livestock or pets.

Ben Gonzales, senior wildlife veterinarian with the department’s Wildlife Investigations Lab, said in a statement that viruses “occasionally … run through deer populations, especially those on the urban fringe.”

Wildlife officials suggest people avoid providing food or water to deer. Symptoms include nasal and anal bleeding, foaming at the mouth, weakness and instability. The disease can strike fast and without warning.

Veterinarians and biologists are documenting outbreaks, but there are no treatments for most viral diseases. Many outbreaks run their course, then reappear sporadically.

The public can report sick or dead deer to the CDFW Central Region at 559-243-4005, ext. 151 or reg4sec@wildlife.ca.gov.

More information is available at dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/wil and calwil.wordpress.com.

Monster Mash Dash – Grab a costume and sign up for the annual Monster Mash Dash on Halloween Saturday at Woodward Park.

The racing begins with a Little Monster Dash (quarter-mile run) at 9 a.m. followed by the 5K main event at 9:15. Participants will receive a T-shirt with registration. Awards will be given to the top 3 in each age group (19 and younger, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and older) by gender. Prizes for the best individual and group (two or more people) costumes also will be awarded.

Registration is $30 through Oct. 30 and increases $10 on race day. Day-of registration begins at 8 a.m. The costume contest will begin at 8:30.

Details: monstermashdash.com

Casting for cancer – Go fishing for a cause Sunday at Success Lake Bass Club’s Cancer Benefit Tournament.

The “Passionately Pink” event (ID 20931462) will be at Lake Kaweah, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Sign-ups begin at 5:30 a.m. and close after one hour. Blast-off time is 7 a.m. Total buy-in costs $120 per team. Prizes include first-place team buckles and the remaining half of the proceeds.

For more information, or to donate, visit info-komen.org/goto/successbassclub2015.

Special hunts – State wildlife officials are offering a number of special hunts in Merced, Madera and Tulare counties for youth, women, families and mobility-impaired hunters this fall and winter.

▪ In Merced County, four junior pen-raised pheasant hunts are scheduled for Nov. 21-22 at the O’Neill Forebay Wildlife Area. Each hunt (two per day) can accommodate 25 hunters. Deadline to register is Nov. 3.

▪ In Madera County, an all-day mobility impaired (wheelchair friendly) pheasant hunt will be Nov. 21 on a private ranch near Chowchilla. A total of 25 spaces are available. The deadline is Nov. 4. On Nov. 29, two family hunts are scheduled near Raymond on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land in the Hensley Lake area. Deadline is Nov. 11.

▪ In Tulare County, two family hunts are set for Nov. 28. Each hunt (morning and afternoon) can accommodate 50 hunters. The hunts are sponsored by White Ranch Land Co. in Alpaugh. Deadline is Nov. 11.

Special hunts are meant for novices. Apprentice applicants must have completed a hunter education course and hold a valid 2015-2016 state junior hunting license. Adult hunters also must have an upland game bird validation.

All junior hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult. Non-hunting adults may chaperone up to two juniors.

For details, visit wildlife.ca.gov/Hunting/Upland-Game-Birds and click on the “special hunts” tab.

Fire restrictions lifted – Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced the lifting of fire restrictions as of Tuesday. Visitors can make wood and charcoal campfires within designated fire rings at all foothill campgrounds in Sequoia. Charcoal grills can be used in the Hospital Rock and Ash Mountain picnic areas. Smoking is permitted unless posted otherwise.

Foothills to River – The annual fundraiser dinner co-hosted by the Sierra Foothill Conservancy and San Joaquin River Parkway is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at River Center. Executive directors from both organizations will share their visions for the river. Tickets are $75 and available at riverparkway.org. For more details, call Finn Telles at 559-248-8480, ext. 216.

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