Ohio – Jane Beathard

Battle brewing over deer genetics

A Madison County captive deer farm recently sued a Hilliard veterinarian and a Wisconsin-based genetics laboratory for negligence in drawing and handling semen from its nationally recognized white-tailed bucks, according to court documents filed in Wisconsin.

Man cited for allowing youth to hunt alone

A Columbus man recently paid $175 in fines and costs in Madison County Municipal Court for allowing his 12-year-old son to hunt unaccompanied during the statewide youth deer-gun season, Nov. 17-18. Thomas H. Whiteman, Jr., 42, was cited by county wildlife officer Matt Teders on Sunday, Nov. 18, as the pair hunted a woodlot near state Route 38, south of…

Dam removal near OSU to change campus landscape

There's a very interesting article in the November-December issue of the Ohio State Alumni Magazine about removal of a low-head dam on the Olentangy River near the Columbus campus. Anyone who attended OSU or frequents the Horseshoe on game days is probably familiar with the aging low-head, located north of the Fifth Avenue bridge. It was something of an eyesore…

MSNBC to air show on 2011 exotic animal incident

I just previewed an excellent British-produced documentary about the October 2011 incident in Muskingum County that resulted in new legislation to control the ownership of exotic wildlife in Ohio. "Shoot to Kill: The Ohio Animal Massacre" will air at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, on MSNBC. It is the first episode of a new series entitled Maximum Drama that…

Scientists studying drop in Erie algae blooms

Last summer’s drought led to significantly fewer toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie, according to Jeff Reutter, director of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. "We had hugely reduced phosphorus levels," Reutter said. "There was a 90 percent reduction (in phosphorus) from farmland runoff." However, researchers are puzzling over a brief spike in blue-green algae that occurred in the lake's…