Daily Distraction: Learn about deer ticks before you see Deer Tick

Know before you go

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Black-legged deer tick

Over the weekend I read a fascinating New Yorker story about the deer population on Staten Island (and elsewhere in the U.S.), particularly the various ways in which agencies have attempted to cull the deer herd, including a vasectomy program. 

I could tell you all sorts of facts I learned from this story, but I've chosen to relay the most disgusting one to you: Researchers discovered that a quarter of Staten Island's black-legged ticks are infected with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, and a single deer can play host to hundreds of ticks.

Tonight, Deer Tick performs at the Newport Music Hall. There probably won't be actual deer ticks at the show, as it is an AEG/PromoWest policy to not let deer into concerts. And also we're not on Staten Island. But now you're armed with some info just in case. Rock on!