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FILE - A June 8, 2010 photo shows a wood tick - or dog tick - clinging to a pencil used for scale, in Springfield, Ill.  Hantavirus, West Nile, Lyme disease and now, bubonic plague. The bugs of late summer are biting, although the risk of getting many of these scary-sounding diseases is very small. Lyme Disease is spread through ticks, the symptoms are fever, headache, fatigue and a bulls-eye rash. (Chris Young / The State Journal-register)

'Tis the season for ticks 

HIKING -- If you're heading out to explore the lowland natural areas around Eastern Washington, be warned that it's time to be using some DEET insect repellent on your neck and cuffs of shirt and pants, and going "nerdy" by tucking those pant-legs into your...

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Washington and other states are concerned about moose.

Study launched on northeast Wash. moose 

WILDLIFE -- State Fish and Wildlife biologists put GPS tracking collars on 28 northeastern Washington moose in December for a long-term study on the largest member of the deer family. Other states, including Minnesota and Montana, have launched studies to understand why moose are declining...

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A moose forages for food at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Moose population gaining in Oregon

WILDLIFE -- The only moose herd in Oregon appears to have doubled in size in recent years, despite deaths in recent years from a parasite. The Oregonian says the herd numbers about 60 animals today, compared to 30 in 2006. The carotid worm problem was...

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In this 2012 photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, a fawn is shown with hair-loss syndrome in Stanislaus National Forest, Calif. California wildlife officials say an invasion of aggressive lice is causing deer across the state to go bald and is linked to numerous deer deaths.  (Associated Press)

Deer lice new concern for big-game herds

WILDLIFE -- Scientists across the West are raising concerns about a growing infestation of exotic deer lice that appears to be killing Columbian black-tailed and mule deer and recently turned up in Nevada. The infestation has been on the rise, especially in Oregon, Washington, California...

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A bull moose yet to begin sprouting new antlers was photographed on on March 21, 2013, in the Ponderosa neighborhood of Spokane Valley by Hans Krauss. The moose's condition indicates it's been infested with ticks. (Hans Krauss)

Ticks: tiny wolves at work on area moose 

WILDLIFE -- Hans Krauss, a Spokane Valley wildlife enthusiast and photographer, shot these photos of a bull moose in the Ponderosa neighborhood a few days ago. What first caught his eye are the bases of where antlers had fallen off, and where the new antler...

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