July 19, 2010


Ducks dying from botulism found in ponds

Avian botulism has killed at least 10 ducks in the past week near two area ponds and landed five others in the Ohio Wildlife Center.

One sick duck was brought to the Ohio Wildlife Center Hospital from the Franklin Park Conservatory om the East Side last weekend.

Four others came from Charleston Apartments at 5407 Edwards Plantation Dr., which has a small, man-made pond on its grounds on the Northwest Side.

The Columbus Dispatch - www.dispatch.com
5 July 2010
G Potthoff
Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA - Map It

Bison death toll up to 37 in anthrax outbreak

The Dept of Environment and Natural Resources continues to battle an outbreak of anthrax in bison in the Slave River Lowlands.

Officials have now found 37 carcasses in the region, up from seven found in late June.

. . . There have been 14 outbreaks of anthrax in the Slave River Lowlands and Wood Buffalo National Park between 1962 and 2007.

HQ Yellowknife - hqyellowknife.com
13 July 2010
Location: Northwest Territories, Canada - Map It

Animal Autopsies in Gulf Yield a Mystery

Despite an obvious suspect, oil, the answer is far from clear.

The vast majority of the dead animals that have been found — 1,866 birds, 463 turtles, 59 dolphins and one sperm whale — show no visible signs of oil contamination.

Much of the evidence in the turtle cases points, in fact, to shrimping or other commercial fishing, but other suspects include oil fumes, oiled food, the dispersants used to break up the oil or even disease.

The New York Times - www.nytimes.com
14 July 2010
S Dewan
Photo credit: N Bengiveno/The New York Times

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 14, 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
14 July 2010
Area: United States


  1. Babies of the oil spill face an uncertain future
  2. Mysterious Illness Killing Pufferfish
  3. Wild Cat Found Mimicking Monkey Calls; Predatory Trickery Documented for the First Time in Wild Felids in Americas
  4. Amazon river dolphins being slaughtered for bait
  5. Sea Otters, the Cutest Way to Fight Global Warming
  6. What’s Killing Farmed Salmon? New Virus May Also Pose Risk to Wild Salmon
  7. Sea otters worth $700 million in carbon credits
  8. After several years, still more questions than answers about Vermont bat deaths
  9. Skin Fight: Could Bacteria Carried by Amphibians Save Them from Extinction?
  10. Scientists say Gulf spill altering food web

  1. Wildlife Research - June 2010 Volume 37, Number 4
  2. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation - July 2010 Volume 22, Issue 4
  3. Echinococcus multilocularis in the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) in Slovenia
  4. OIE Bulletin - Veterinary Medicinal Products Number 2010 - 1 [pdf] [free full-text available]

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