October 21, 2010


Bighorn sheep reappearing in Rock Creek after deadly pneumonia outbreak

Bighorn sheep are appearing along the Rock Creek roadside again, after a devastating outbreak of pneumonia threatened the herd's survival last winter.

"The pneumonia continued to kill bighorns in upper and lower Rock Creek in the months following the spring surveys," said Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife manager Mike Thompson.

"So we really didn't know how many or how few might survive into the rut this fall."

Missoulian - missoulian.com
R Chaney
20 Oct 2010

Disease taking heavy toll on deer population in Salem County this fall

Since Sept. 18, at least 80 deer in Salem County have died from a disease common in the South, 78 of them in Pennsville Township lone [sic], according to the state Division of Fish & Wildlife.

Fish & Wildlife Pathologist Dr. Douglas Roscoe, who runs the division’s Office of Health and Forensics, said the deaths are being caused by the Type 2 strain of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD).

Roscoe said the 80 deaths in Salem County have apparently resulted from an EHD outbreak, which was confirmed by testing, between Sept. 18 and Oct. 15.

Today's Sunbeam - www.nj.com
D DiBacco
19 Oct 2010
Location: Salem County, New Jersey, USA - Map It

UGA researchers to study transmission of human pathogen to coral reefs

The spread of lethal diseases from animals to humans has long been an issue of great concern to public health officials.

But what about diseases that spread in the other direction, from humans to wildlife?

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Georgia has just been awarded a five-year $2 million Ecology of Infectious Diseases grant from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health to study the first known case of such a "reverse zoonosis" that involves the transmission of a human pathogen to a marine invertebrate, elkhorn coral.

EurekAlert! - www.eurekalert.org
19 Oct 2010

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Plumbing the Depths of Gulf Oil Spill for Coral Killers

Today (Oct. 20) marks the six-month anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and this week the first expedition to send humans to the deep sea in areas within reach of the oil gusher is under way in the Gulf of Mexico.

Researchers are diving to the ocean floor aboard a two-person submarine to take data and samples from the massive forests of coral that thrive in the frigid, perpetual night of the deep Gulf waters.

One target is located just 40 miles (64 kilometers) from the site of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and lies beneath the once-visible oil plume.

Our Amazing Planet - www.ouramazingplanet.com
A Mustain
20 Oct 2010
Photo credit: S Brooke

Battling harmful algal blooms

Michigan State University researchers are hoping their project will reduce increased incidents of fish kills, fouled drinking water, closed beaches and additional problems triggered by harmful algal blooms.

Using a $499,954 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, the MSU team of scientists will work to curb the growth of HABs in Michigan's near-shore waters as well as the entire Great Lakes basin. The implications, however, will resonate globally, said Jan Stevenson, zoology professor.

"Developing management strategies to minimize algal blooms require detailed knowledge about the landscape factors that drive them," said Stevenson, who is also co-director of MSU's Center for Water Sciences. "Our overarching goal is to restore the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the near-shore zone of the Great Lakes and provide a model that can be used worldwide."

EurekAlert! - www.eurekalert.org
19 Oct 2010

Photo courtesy of The Times of Malta