March 25, 2010


No chronic wasting disease found in NH deer

New Hampshire's white-tailed deer population once again showed no evidence of chronic wasting disease, based on monitoring data gathered during the 2009 hunting season.

New Hampshire Fish and Game deer biologist Kent Gustafson recently received results from a federally certified veterinary diagnostic laboratory that indicate all the deer tissue samples taken during last fall's hunting season tested negative for CWD. A total of 439 tissue samples were tested.

The Eagle Tribune -
24 Mar 2010
Location: New Hampshire, USA

Related News

Bees in more trouble than ever after bad winter

The mysterious 4-year-old crisis of disappearing honeybees is deepening. A quick federal survey indicates a heavy bee die-off this winter, while a new study shows honeybees' pollen and hives laden with pesticides.

Two federal agencies along with regulators in California and Canada are scrambling to figure out what is behind this relatively recent threat, ordering new research on pesticides used in fields and orchards. Federal courts are even weighing in this month, ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overlooked a requirement when allowing a pesticide on the market.

And on Thursday, chemists at a scientific conference in San Francisco will tackle the issue of chemicals and dwindling bees in response to the new study.

Yahoo News - (source: Associated Press)
24 Mar 2010
G Burke and S Borenstein

Closing caves, sparing bats: Public agencies hope to slow devastation of white-nose syndrome

... The state Game and Fish Commission voted last week to close caves on its lands and natural areas it manages for the state to the public. At Devil's Den State Park, the Devil's Den and Devil's Icebox are still open to visitors but Farmer's Cave is shut and concerns are growing about the Devil's Den and Icebox, park naturalist Adam Leslie said. Visitors to the park are being asked if they've been to Tennessee or other fungus-infected states, Leslie said; those numbers are low, fortunately.

David Kampwerth, the cave and karst biologist in the Arkansas office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says the closures have limited “quite a bit of caving activity” in Arkansas and sent spelunkers to caves on private lands. One of the concerns of cave biologists is that cavers may not be decontaminating their gear as the move from cave to cave. The USFWS recommends that cavers wash all gear, apply disinfectants and wash again to remove the disinfectants.

Arkansas Times -
25 Mar 2010
N Peacock
Location: Arkansas, USA

Related News

It Ain't All Bad News
Huh, That's Interesting!


Browse complete Digest publication library here.

The Wildlife Society: Wildlife Policy News - February 2010
Volume 20, Issue 1

The Wildlife Society: The Wildlifer - March 2010
Issue 306

Climate Change and Wildlife Health: Direct and Indirect Effects [fact sheet][pdf]
USGS National Wildlife Health Center

Avian Diseases - March 2010
Special Issue on Avian Influenza
Volume 54, Number s1

A Qualitative Study of State-Level Zoonotic Disease Surveillance in New England
Zoonoses Public Health. 2010 Feb 16. [Epub ahead of print]
M Scotch et al.

Molecular Detection of Avian Influenza Virus but not West Nile Virus in Wild Birds in Northern Turkey
Zoonoses Public Health. 2010 Mar 8. [Epub ahead of print]
H Albayrak and E Ozan

B cells and platelets harbor prion infectivity in the blood of CWD-infected deer
J Virol. 2010 Mar 10. [Epub ahead of print]
CK Mathiason et al.

Surveillance and characterization of low pathogenic H5 avian influenza viruses isolated from wild migratory birds in Korea
Virus Res. 2010 Mar 11. [Epub ahead of print]
YH Baek et al.