October 14, 2010


Some bats beat epidemic

. . . Early this year, state officials predicted that 90 percent of Upper Bucks' population of 8,000 to 10,000 little brown bats and other species of bats would be dead by spring.

But unlike almost all of the bat populations across Pennsylvania, some of Durham's bats have survived the white-nose syndrome epidemic, a mysterious disease that is killing off bat populations across the Northeast.

"I'm hoping that 50 percent survived and will be back this winter," said Pennsylvania Game Commission biologist Greg Turner.

The Intelligencer - www.phillyburbs.com
A Cregan
11 Oct 2010
Photo credit: D Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

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Two elephants die after eating pesticide-contaminated grass

Two pregnant female elephants of Kaziranga National Park died after they consumed grass sprinkled with pesticides in an adjacent tea garden in upper Assam's Golaghat district, park authorities said.

One of the elephants died at Panbari, the elephant corridor across NH-37, and the other died 13 km away at Lengerapahar, under Dolamari range of the Park, yesterday, they said.

The Economic Times - economictimes.indiatimes.com
12 Oct 2010
Location: Golaghat, Assam, India - Map It

Mule deer in county has CWD

A mule deer taken by a hunter about 16 miles northeast of Gillette on Oct. 2 tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The deer was harvested near the Adon Road and analyzed samples taken as part of the Game and Fish Department’s annual CWD survey tested positive.

“This is the first time we have found CWD in the this hunt area,” said Warren Mischke of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Gillette News-Record - www.gillettenewsrecord.com
S Mcmanamen
13 Oct 2010
Location: Campbell County, Wyoming, USA - Map It

More Chronic Wasting Disease News

Avian botulism resurfaces

After two years of relative quiet, avian botulism has again resurfaced in Northern Michigan.

Results from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment tests confirm that botulism E is killing migratory waterfowl and as a result, the birds are washing up on area beaches.

Just this week, eight dead birds were found on Fisherman's Island State Park in Charlevoix County.

Petoskey News-Review - www.petoskeynews.com
R Brougham
08 Oct 2010
Fisherman's Island State Park, Michigan, USA - Map It

Photo courtesy of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
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