K-State Research and Extension News
Wildlife

LEAD VS. STEEL SHOT Play Audio



There’s been a push in recent years to discourage the use of lead shot in upland game bird hunting, over concerns about toxicity to wildlife.  One non-toxic alternative to lead ammunition is steel shot.  And a recent study in Texas compared the performance of steel shot to lead shot in actual, in-field dove hunting.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on the findings.

8/31/2015 7:00:00 PM


Motion Trail Cameras Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee takes a look at the use of motion trail cameras as a method of documenting wildlife activity, which has become an important part of wildlife research.

8/31/2015 7:00:00 PM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

8/25/2015 7:00:00 PM


Lead Versus Steel Shot in Dove Hunting Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new field study which compared the use of lead shot to steel shot in dove hunting...the results of which support the idea of using ammunition other than lead.

8/24/2015 7:00:00 PM


VALUE OF WETLANDS Play Audio



The proposed Waters of the United States rule put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency is seen by many agricultural producers and landowners as government overreach.  Regardless of the politics of this issue, the value of wetlands should not be lost in the debate.  That’s according to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee, who talks more about that this week.

8/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

8/18/2015 7:00:00 PM


Benefits of Wetlands Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee goes over the benefits of wetlands, beyond their value as wildlife habitat...he urges landowners to recognize those benefits, amidst the current discussions about national water policy.

8/17/2015 7:00:00 PM


BAT CONTROL SAFETY Play Audio



It’s not uncommon for bats to invade attics and other structures as they seek a safe place to roost.  Preventing their entry in the first place is the first control consideration, according to wildlife specialist Charlie Lee of K-State.  If physical bat removal becomes necessary, however, one needs to properly protect themselves from exposure to disease, which Charlie covers this week.  

8/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


Removing Bats Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about using proper protection when removing bats from dwellings or outbuildings.

8/10/2015 7:00:00 PM


GLYPHOSATE BUTTERFLY ISSUE Play Audio



Agricultural producers and others who routinely use glyphosate for weed control should take note:  the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now evaluating the impact of glyphosate use on a rapidly-declining endangered species…the monarch butterfly.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at the issue at hand and the review process underway that may well determine the availability of glyphosate as a weed control option in the future.

8/6/2015 7:00:00 PM


Time to Monitor Summer Fish Kills in Farm Ponds



Many who swim in ponds during the summer notice how the water toward the surface tends to be warm, with cooler layers below. Water in ponds and lakes is stratified in the summer, and those layers usually don’t mix until the fall in a process called fall turnover.

8/6/2015 8:00:00 AM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

8/4/2015 7:00:00 PM


Glyphosate and the Monarch Butterfly Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's current review of the use of glyphosate and its impact on the monarch butterfly, which is in steep decline.

8/3/2015 7:00:00 PM


SUMMER FISH KILLS Play Audio



Conditions so far this summer have been ripe for fish kills in farm ponds.  Lack of available oxygen in the water is the culprit, and several factors lead to that.  As K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee explains this week, pond owners can take steps to minimize these fish kills, but these must be taken proactively.

8/2/2015 7:00:00 PM


Management Considerations For Cow-Calf Producers Play Audio



K-State beef cattle specialist Dale Blasi covers an assortment of management considerations for cow-calf producers as we head into the latter stages of the summer...including mineral supplementation and fly control.

7/29/2015 7:00:00 PM


Summer Fish Kills in Farm Ponds Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses what's behind the hike in summer fish kills in farm ponds, and what can be done about it.

7/27/2015 7:00:00 PM


FEEDING FARM POND BASS Play Audio



Striving for an enhanced fishing experience, some farm pond owners are interested in providing supplemental feed to their large-mouth bass.  One should be strategic in how they go about that, according to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.   Commercial fish producers often use pelleted feed to grow bass.   That approach may not work as well in a farm pond setting, as Charlie discusses this week.

7/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

7/21/2015 7:00:00 PM


Feeding Farm Pond Bass Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses the issues associated with pellet-feeding large-mouth bass in farm ponds, saying that another feeding approach is preferred.

7/20/2015 7:00:00 PM


EASTERN COUGAR LISTING Play Audio



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now taking public comment on a proposal to remove the eastern cougar from the endangered species list.  However, this proposed action is not a result of a successful species recovery…quite the opposite.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses the situation, which he says does nothing for the already-spotty track record of the Endangered Species Act.

7/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

7/14/2015 7:00:00 PM


Eastern Cougar and the Endangered Species Act Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a new proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the eastern cougar from the endangered species list...a move which he says speaks to the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act itself.

7/13/2015 7:00:00 PM


COYOTES, RABBITS AND FERRETS Play Audio



In recent years, black-footed ferrets have been introduced as a potential biological control of prairie dogs.  Rabbits tend to also frequent prairie dog dens for protection, especially from coyotes.  That raised a question with researchers:  will coyotes, as they pursue rabbits, also feed on black-footed ferrets in and around prairie dog colonies?  This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about a study that addressed that question.   

7/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


BIRD COLLISION ESCAPES Play Audio



Millions of birds are killed each year in roadway vehicle collisions.  A recent study set out to measure the reaction time of birds to oncoming vehicles.  And the results indicated that vehicle speed is, indeed, a major factor.   K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reviews the findings of this study and its implications.

7/6/2015 7:00:00 PM


Coyote Predation Play Audio



K-State Research and Extension wildlife specialist Charlie Lee speaks on a recent species study that involved examining coyote predation in relation to prairie dogs, rabbits and the endangered black-footed ferret.

7/6/2015 7:00:00 PM


Birds and VehicularTraffic Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses a new study of bird reactions to oncoming vehicles on our roadways.

6/29/2015 7:00:00 PM


ZEBRA MUSSEL PROBLEMS Play Audio



Tiny as it is, the zebra mussel has become a colossal invasive species problem in numerous Kansas water resources.  Since it made its way into this region two decades ago, this prolific mussel has disrupted aquatic ecosystems and cause millions of dollars of damage to water-handling facilities.  And while solutions remain difficult to come by, boaters and other recreational water enthusiasts can all do their part to curb the spread of zebra mussels, as K-State wildlife management specialist Charlie Lee discusses this week.

6/25/2015 7:00:00 PM


Zebra Mussels Still A Problem In Kansas... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on the continuing problem with zebra mussels in Kansas water impoundments.

6/22/2015 7:00:00 PM


WHITE PERCH PROBLEM Play Audio



For a number of years now, white perch have posed a problem in water impoundments in Kansas.  And wildlife officials are asking all outdoor enthusiasts to do their part in combatting this nuisance species.  This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the nature of white perch and the disruption they cause to the aquatic ecosystem.

6/18/2015 7:00:00 PM


Controlling White Perch Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the ongoing issue with white perch in Kansas water impoundments, and what can be done to curb this nuisance species.

6/15/2015 7:00:00 PM