(SPRINGFIELD) The official start of winter is still nearly two months away, but much of Illinois has already had its first frost and, in some northern areas, its first snowfall. This sets the stage for a potentially long winter, therefore the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is recommending people start taking steps now to ensure they are prepared to stay safe and warm throughout the upcoming winter months. From planning a trip by using IDOT’s website at www.gettingaroundillinois.com to building both a home and vehicle emergency supply kit at www.Ready.Illinois.gov, everyone is urged to take time now to prepare.
(SPRINGFIELD) As of this past Monday, October 29, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has received reports of 432 suspected cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, known as EHD, in white-tailed deer so far in 2018. While the higher majority of cases are in counties on or near the Illinois River, running through the counties of Schuyler, Bureau, Peoria, and Fulton, scattered suspected cases of EHD have also been reported here in South Central and Southeastern Illinois, including the area counties of Lawrence (35), Crawford (15), Jasper (13), and Richland (10). Other area counties have reported four or less suspected cases, including Clay, Wayne, Wabash, and Edwards. The worst year for EHD in Illinois was 2012, when 2,968 cases were reported in 87 counties. EHD was virtually absent in 2014 and at low levels in 2015, 2016, and last year in 2017. Contact local DNR biologists for more information and/or details at www.web.extension.illinois.edu.