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Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Last month, The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed an elk was the first case of Chronic Wasting Disease in the natural state. Since then, two deer have also tested positive for the deadly disease.

While the disease can’t be contracted to humans, it is still something Arkansans should take seriously.

Arkadelphia man dies after being swarmed by yellow jackets

Arkadelphia man dies after being swarmed by yellow jackets


ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV)- An Arkadelphia man died after being attacked by hundreds of yellow jackets. 61-year-old Bill Lewis died after being attacked by hundreds of yellow jackets Sunday. While out in his backyard, Lewis stepped into a yellow jacket ground nest.

In a press release, Lewis' family said "Due to his limited physical condition, Lewis was unable to escape the number of wasps, resulting in the multiple stings which ultimately caused his death."The County Cooperative Extension Service says even though this time of year the yellow jacket population peaks, someone dying from stings is very uncommon. "A lot of times, people are attacked because they don't even know the yellow-jacket hive is there," said Amy Simpson, part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. "Most of the time the nests are on the ground and they're really small, so people can walk right into them."

Bass Lupus Awareness Tournament

Bass Lupus Awareness Tournament

Benefit for the Lupus Foundation of America, Arkansas Chapter to be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Lake Ouachita Crystal Springs Boat Ramp in Hot Springs. 

Time is "safe sunlight" to 3 p.m.  $100.00 per boat.  Contact:  Travis Harley at 501-392-2407 or 800-294-8878. 

All net proceeds received will be donated to the Lupus Foundation of America, Arkansas Chapter.

Eagles Et Cetera a 'success'

Eagles Et Cetera a 'success'

 More than 300 guests from central Arkansas and as far away as Texas and Louisiana traveled to DeGray Lake Resort State Park this past weekend to celebrate the state’s native birds of prey.  The focus, as always, was bald eagles.  Excited guests were not deterred by the chilly, overcast weather, and 14 eagle watch boat tours departed from the lodge to search for the majestic birds in the wild.  Anyone who did not manage to see a wild bald eagle had three opportunities to see Lynn, a live bald eagle from the Little Rock Zoo.  The zoo also brought nine other birds as ambassadors for their wild counterparts, helping guests to understand the importance of birds of prey to a healthy ecosystem. 

Mobility Impaired Hunting Applications Due Aug. 15

Mobility Impaired Hunting Applications Due Aug. 15

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Army Corps of Engineers will take applications through Aug. 15 for the 2012/2013 special deer and duck hunts that provide accessibility to mobility impaired hunters.  The hunters will be selected via a random drawing in September.

 

Eligible applicants must be non-ambulatory individuals with a permanent physical condition that severely impairs their mobility from either paralysis or amputation of one or both of the lower extremities, which requires assistance from a wheelchair, braces, crutches or other similar aids of mobility.

 

A list of hunt locations, dates, allowable methods of harvest, and points of contact are provided in this notice.  To obtain an application packet or get more information on a particular hunt, please contact the appropriate hunt coordinator. 

 

2012-13 Mobility Impaired Hunting Schedule

Photo of the Day: Later, gator

Photo of the Day: Later, gator

This was sent in to Today's THV by Keith Stephens of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.