National Geographic : 1970 Aug
In three weeks he may be dead. In the beautiful woods and valleys of eastern Oklahoma time is running out. Up to fifty percent of the newborn fawns are being lost each year because of ticks. When large numbers of these crab-like pests attack a healthy young deer, he cannot live for more than a few weeks. And it isn't just deer that are affected. Ticks will attack virtually any land animal or bird they can get hold of. But there is a way to control these marauders-kilt them on the ground where they breed. To do this, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation together with Oklahoma State University are using Shell's Gardona®, an insecticide. A mere pound to an acre can kill the resident tick population for up to nine weeks. Yet it will not harm animals, birds, plants or people. Shell has also funded a grant to Oklahoma State University's Department of Entomology for more intensive study on the control of ticks. Shell's concern with wildlife is only part of an all-out program to help save our environment. So far we've backed our commitment with millions of dollars a year in the war against pollution. And we're moving as fast as we can. Because, like the fawn, we're all running short on time.