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46 | Big Game Info: 402-471-0641 IMPACT OF INVASIVE SPECIES IN NEBRASKA Invasive species are plants, animals or pathogens that are non-native to an ecosystem. They cause harm to the economy, environment or human health. They interfere with recreation opportunities and affect wildlife. They impact wildlife by signicantly reducing desirable wildlife forage, altering thermal and escape cover, affecting water availability for wildlife, and reducing vegetation biodiversity necessary for wildlife survival. Help Protect Your Favorite Hunting Spots • Before leaving home or camp, inspect and remove all plant parts, animals, mud, and other debris from gear, pets and vehicles. Dispose of the debris on site. Do the same before leaving your hunting site. • Follow existing trails to prevent invasive and noxious plant parts and seeds from getting on clothes and pets. Avoid areas infested with invasive and noxious plant species. • Only burn locally sourced rewood. Invasive insects, including the Emerald Ash Borer, can be spread by bringing non-locally sourced rewood into an area. Leave any unburned rewood at the camp site or with a camp host. • Drain all water from watercraft before leaving an area. Wash your boat and allow it to dry completely before entering another body of water. Never transport live sh or bait. Dumping bait or sh into another water body can introduce invasive aquatic invaders. For more information, contact Allison Zach, Nebraska Invasive Species Program Coordinator, at invasives@unl. edu or visit neinvasives.com. EPIZOOTIC HEMORRHAGIC DISEASE (EHD) SUMMARY The 2012 EHD event killed about a third of Nebraska's white-tailed deer herd. Estimated unit losses range from 4-45 percent. All units, except the Frenchman, had losses exceeding 17 percent. In 2013, EHD caused additional losses in the Plains, Pine Ridge and Sandhills units. Most whitetail herds will recover to a satisfactory level by 2017. For more on EHD in Nebraska, visit OutdoorNebraska.org/ehd/ INVASIVE SPECIES WILDLIFE DISEASES

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