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Deer monitored for wasting disease

Deer hunting season ended throughout this area Dec. 20, but tracking studies continue.

"Scores of deer in Central New York will be tracked by satellite around the clock for a year in an effort to discover more about their habits and, in turn, learn more about the potential spread of chronic wasting disease," according to researchers from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse.

In Region 9, Department of Environmental Conservation personnel checked 1,800 deer in six days at the John White Farm in Basom.

"None were positive for CWD," said Jim Snider, senior wildlife biologist.

Statewide, Snider said, 7,964 deer had been collected for examination, with 7,838 shown as negative, 115 pending, nine not suitable for testing and two that were initially positive for CWD in Oneida County.

For SUNY deer tracking updates, go to: www.esf.edu.

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>Fishing lines

* Ice -- Chautauqua Lake ice remains spongy at Burtis and Ashville bays in the south basin, but walkers at Mayville still access fair crappie and good perch action most days. Some walleye numbers have shown off Magnolia Bay. Honeoye Lake's walleye and big 'gills were at 10-foot depths on first ice at the south end. Both jigs and minnows on tip-ups draw 'eyes; waxworms and spikes are the main menu for 'gills. Silver Lake access is good except for ice around feeder creeks, with perch slowed but the bluegill/sunfish bite just right. Waxworms, mousies and spikes all pull panfish. Simcoe ice has formed at Cooks Bay, Port Bolster and the Pefferlaw River area, with best perch numbers at Cooks Bay.

* Feeder Streams -- Cattaraugus Creek is open above its mouth, and new steelie runs enter regularly, with egg sacks most mentioned. Eighteen Mile, Silver, Canadaway and Chautauqua creeks are free of ice. Oak Orchard and Eighteen Mile on Lake Ontario call for egg sacks.

e-mail: wille@pce.net

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