August 19, 2010


Mass Die-off at Coral Reef Triggered by 93-Degree Ocean [Indonesia]

One of the most destructive and swift coral bleaching events ever recorded is underway in the waters off Indonesia, where water temperatures have climbed into the low 90s, according to data released by a conservation group this week.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) says a dramatic rise in sea temperature, potentially linked to global warming, is responsible for the devastation.

In May, the WCS sent marine biologists to investigate coral bleaching reported in Aceh — a province of Indonesia — located on the northern tip of the island of Sumatra.

LiveScience -
17 Aug 2010
Photo credit: WCS Indonesia
Location: Indonesia - Map It


Lowlands anthrax outbreak over [Northwest Territories, Canada]

One anthrax outbreak among bison in the NWT has been declared over, and it is as yet uncertain if a second outbreak even exists.

The anthrax outbreak in the Slave River Lowlands, about 80 km southeast of Fort Resolution, was declared over on Aug. 10.

Ella Stinson, a spokesperson for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said the declaration was made following an aerial survey of the area on Aug. 9. "There were no dead bison," she said.

Northern News Service Online -
16 Aug 2010

Photo credit: Department of Environment and Natural Resources


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 August 17, 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
18 Aug 2010
Area: United States

>>>Updated Wildlife Mortality Event Table

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