July 29, 2010


Cleaning up wildlife after the oil spill

. . . “Geese, ducks, fish, turtles, it runs a gamut,” said Tom Tidwell, U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The 800,000 gallons plus of oil is taking a heavy toll. Newschannel 3 saw a muskrat covered in oil on the banks of the river, its chance of survival is slim.

Enbridge Energy, the company that owns the pipeline that spilled, is working with several groups including Focus Wildlife and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife to clean up animals affected by the spill.

WWMT NewsChannel 3 - www.wwmt.com
27 July 2010
Photo credit: A Jackson/Detroit Free Press
Location: Marshall, Michigan, USA - Map It

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DNR investigates hundreds of dead catfish on Lake Zumbro

Only one Lake Zumbro channel catfish was found in good enough condition Tuesday to be tested for what killed many hundreds of other catfish there.

. . . The DNR estimates it found about 500 dead fish along the shore Tuesday, but many more could have sunk, gone over the dam or been eaten by predators, he said.

. . . Because the only fish found dead in large amounts were channel catfish, it would appear the source wasn't a chemical but some natural disease or bacteria. They are always present, but sometimes warm water or other factors will trigger them to begin killing fish, he said.

The Post-Bulletin - www.postbulletin.com
28 July 2010
J Weiss
Location: Zumbro Lake, Minnesota, USA - Map It

Scripps research study shows infectious prions can arise spontaneously in normal brain tissue

In a startling new study that involved research on both sides of the Atlantic, scientists from The Scripps Research Institute in Florida and the University College London (UCL) Institute of Neurology in England have shown for the first time that abnormal prions, bits of infectious protein devoid of DNA or RNA that can cause fatal neurodegenerative disease, can suddenly erupt from healthy brain tissue.

The catalyst in the study was the metallic surface of simple steel wires. Previous research showed that prions bind readily to these types of surfaces and can initiate infection with remarkable efficiency.

Surprisingly, according to the new research, wires coated with uninfected brain homogenate could also initiate prion disease in cell culture, which was transmissible to mice.

EurekAlert! - www.eurekalert.org
26 July 2010

Caves closed because of fungus

The U.S. Forest Service has declared thousands of caves and abandoned mines in Colorado and nearby states off-limits to the public for a year in an effort to slow the spread of a fungus that is deadly to bats.

The closure began Tuesday. It applies to national forests in the agency’s Region 2, which includes Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska. The closures are the first by the Forest Service in the western United States because of white nose syndrome.

. . . While the caves are closed, Forest Service officials hope to more closely study the problem and determine whether different approaches such as more targeted closures of specific caves would be adequate.

The Daily Sentinel - www.gjsentinel.com
28 July
D Webb

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Reported Wildlife Mortality Events to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center Updated

USGS and a network of partners across the country work on documenting wildlife mortality events in order to provide timely and accurate information on locations, species and causes of death. This information was updated on July 27, 2010 on the USGS National Wildlife Health Center web page, New and Ongoing Wildlife Mortality Events Nationwide. Quarterly Mortality Reports are also available from this page. These reports go back to 1995.

USGS National Wildlife Health Center
28 July 2010
Area: United States

Photo credit: R Graves
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