October 28, 2010


Comments Sought on Plan to Combat Deadly White-Nose Syndrome in Bats

White-nose syndrome (WNS) has killed more than a million bats in the Northeast and has spread to 11 or more states in less than four years since its discovery near Albany, New York.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in collaboration with other federal and state agencies, and tribal governments, is proposing a coordinated national management plan to address this critical environmental issue. The proposed plan is available for review and comment beginning October 28, 2010.

The proposed plan, a joint federal-state effort, provides a framework for WNS investigation and response. A subsequent implementation plan will identify specific actions, the entities responsible for implementation of each action, and estimated costs.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - www.fws.gov
27 Oct 2010
Photo credit:A Froschauer/USFWS

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Concern raised over sick seals

. . . Bosses at an RSPCA wildlife centre said large numbers of sick common seal pups had been found in the past four months.

. . . Centre manager Alison Charles said staff were liaising with seal experts in a bid to find the cause of the problem.

She said: "There has been an awful lot of very undernourished, really sick seals coming in. We just don't know why."

Berwickshire News - www.berwickshire-news.co.uk
27 Oct 2010
Location: United Kingdom - Map It

World's Largest, Most Complex Marine Virus Is Major Player in Ocean Ecosystems

UBC researchers have identified the world's largest marine virus--an unusually complex 'mimi-like virus' that infects an ecologically important and widespread planktonic predator.

Cafeteria roenbergensis virus has a genome larger than those found in some cellular organisms, and boasts genetic complexity that blurs the distinction between "non-living" and "living" entities.

. . . "There's little doubt that this virus is just one representative from a major group of largely unknown but ecologically important marine giant viruses."

Science Daily - www.sciencedaily.com
25 Oct 2010

Journal Article Cited

Photo courtesy of Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Correction to broken link in the Wildlife Disease Journal Digest
Surveillance turns to wildlife
Vet Record. 2010 Jul 31;167(5):154-6. [free full-text available]
JP Duff et al.

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