Hunting Derby Proceeding & Gypsy Moth Trapping

Hunting Derby Proceeding & Gypsy Moth Trapping

Hunting Derby Proceeding & Gypsy Moth Trapping plus Food Forethought. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.

Last year's Idaho for Wildlife's wolf- and coyote-hunting derby will go on as planned despite the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's lack of action. Steve Alder, Executive Director for Idaho for Wildlife says the BLM received thousands of comments regarding the hunt.

ALDER: Well I'm not sure what is going on because BLM told us that they were disregarding and discrediting those 50,000 emails because they knew they all came from canned form letters. We explained how easy it is to come up there and manufacture names by the thousands. You can't base it on that and they knew it but they're still running with it.

Alder says the hunt will take place as planned the first week in January on private grounds.

The gypsy moth—a destructive forest pest that causes millions of dollars of damage each year in the U.S.—showed up again in Washington this past summer. The Washington State Department of Agriculture caught 27 gypsy moths in five counties, equaling the number detected in 2012 but far more than the single catch found in 2013.WSDA employees placed about 20,000 small, tent-shaped traps in trees, shrubs and other foliage in June and monitored them through the summer. By early October, the traps were taken down. Permanent populations of the gypsy moth have never been detected in Washington.

Now with today's Food Forethought, here's Lacy Gray.

Fright night is nearly here. No, not November 4th, the original fright night, Halloween, is almost upon us. Hopefully you have a safe and fun Halloween already planned for yourself and your family. If you haven't picked up your pumpkin for carving yet, try to get one from a local farm or farmer's market. Many local farms offer pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hay rides and other fun Halloween farm activities. And if you're wondering what to do with ol' jack after your Halloween fun is over, remember, pumpkins can make great compost material. October offers up the perfect time to enjoy the beautiful colors of fall foliage, the fun and silliness that goes along with Halloween, and the abundant sights and experiences offered down on the farm. The pumpkin patches, fresh cider, petting farms and corn mazes all provide communities the perfect opportunity to connect with their areas hard working farmers and experience the difference that comes from the local element.

Thanks Lacy. That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.

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