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'Lone star' tick, tick-borne illnesses on rise

8:08 PM, Jul. 28, 2013
Lone star, named for the white dot on the back of the females, ticks are becoming more common across Wisconsin. The ticks tend to be more aggressive than deer and wood ticks, seeking out prey instead of waiting for a mammal to brush by them.
Lone star, named for the white dot on the back of the females, ticks are becoming more common across Wisconsin. The ticks tend to be more aggressive than deer and wood ticks, seeking out prey instead of waiting for a mammal to brush by them.
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Ted Roeder spent the better part of his life outdoors. He practically lived outside while playing as a boy, four years as a park ranger in Yellowstone National Park, several years as a park ranger at Denali National Park in Alaska, and countless hours doing field work for a master's degree and later a doctoral degree in botany. In all those years roaming the woods, Roeder was never concerned with a disease-carrying pest that's becoming more common - ticks.

"At that time, I don't think anybody really thought about it," Roeder said. "We didn't have ticks in Wisconsin when I was growing up. I'm not ...

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