August 10, 2007

Condor Lead Levels High at Pinnacles: Birds Captured, Treated After Eating Pig Carcass
The Californian
10 Aug 2007
Area: California, USA
Photo Courtesy of Ventana Wildlife Society

A pig carcass shot outside Pinnacles National Monument has left nearly half of the area's California condors with elevated lead levels and three with lead poisoning. Biologists who observed five condors feeding on the carcass, which was shot with lead ammunition, captured all of the Pinnacles flock and any Big Sur birds in the area for testing.

Ten of the 17 condors tested had lead exposure of up to 40 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. Condors Nos. 306, 318 and 242 had levels so high, they were immediately transported to the Los Angeles Zoo for emergency chelation, a process for removing heavy metals, such as lead, from the bloodstream. No. 242 from Big Sur had a 610 mg/dL reading, the highest ever recorded in California.

Foot & Mouth Disease, Bovine - UK (England)- ProMED Mail Archive No. 20070810.2598
ProMED Mail
10 Aug 2007
Area: United Kingdom

This evening [9 Aug], a 3 km radius Temporary Control Zone has been put around one premises in Surrey outside of the existing Surveillance Zone. This precautionary measure follows an inconclusive assessment of clinical symptoms by Animal Health veterinary staff. The national movement ban remains in place. In addition, in the Temporary Control Zone, general licenses will not apply for the movement of animals to slaughter and collection of dead animals from farms.

Debby Reynolds, chief veterinary officer, said: "This is a developing disease situation. The containment and eradication of FMD remains our priority. This is why we have moved swiftly to put in place a Temporary Control Zone while we investigate this development.

Revolutionary New Vet Centre Opens to Visitors [Press Release]
10 Aug 2007
Area: New Zealand

Auckland Zoo's new veterinary centre, the New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine (NZCCM), will open to visitors today following an official opening ceremony with Prime Minister Helen Clark. The 890m2, 32-room state-of-the-art facility, the first national centre for conservation medicine in the world, is the culmination of a six-year project incorporating a highly successful $4.6m fundraising campaign by the Auckland Zoo Charitable Trust under the leadership of trust chair, Penny Whiting, MBE.

Ms Whiting says it is fantastic to see the zoo’s team working in the new facility. “The trustees and I are delighted that, thanks to the support we received from so many organisations and individuals (including our major sponsor, the ASB Community Trust), the dream for this world-class centre has been realised. It is providing New Zealand with a vitally important resource. The work that the team undertakes will make a substantial contribution to wildlife conservation in New Zealand and around the globe."

Still No Answer For Why Catfish are Dying
High Springs Herald
10 Aug 2007
J Keil
Area: Florida, USA

Although the appearances of dead fish floating in nearby North Central Florida rivers are diminishing, wildlife officials have yet to explain the cause of the recent fish kill. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has ruled out several possibilities of why channel catfish in the Suwannee, Withlacooche and Santa Fe rivers have been found dead or dying over the past month and a half.

Reports have spanned from northern Florida, where the Withlacoochee meets the Suwannee, down to the intersection of the Suwannee and the Santa Fe rivers. The rash of reports has dropped off during the past few weeks, according to Gary Byerley, fishery biologist for the FWC. "We are assuming the problem is diminishing at this point," Byerley said. He said that finding fish that were sick enough for sampling has even been difficult.


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