Arrington leads bipartisan effort to help stop cattle fever tick

Arrington leads bipartisan effort to help stop cattle fever tick outbreak

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Rep. Jodey Arrington is leading a bipartisan effort in both the House and Senate urging the Secretary of the Interior to help stop cattle fever ticks.

In a letter to Sec. Ryan Zinke, lawmakers urge him to join the USDA to take action against an outbreak in south and central Texas.

Specifically, it asks the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to come up with a plan to stop its spread from the Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge into bordering properties.

That federal land is about 98,000 acres in Cameron and Willacy counties.

Lawmakers say the FWS hasn't taken adequate steps to control a tick infestation on the wildlife.

Congressman Arrington says if it spreads it could cost more than $120 million damage in the first year alone, including 90 percent of susceptible cattle.

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