November 15, 2010


'Mysterious' Illness Threatens AR Deer Population

Hundreds of thousands of Arkansans are getting ready to hit the hills. The modern gun deer hunt starts Saturday, but a mysterious disease is threatening the state's herds.

It's the same disease that prompted Arkansas Game and Fish to kill a domesticated herd of 15 in White County in September.

The deer tested negative for Chronic Wasting Disease, but officials say they can't afford to take any chances.

KARK 4 News -
A Rodriguez
11 Nov 2010

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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 November 12, 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
12 Nov 2010
Area: United States

Beyond Gloom: Solutions to the Global Coral Reef Decline

The world's coral reefs are in trouble. Due to a variety of factors—including ocean acidification, warming temperatures from climate change, overfishing, and pollution—coral cover has decline by approximately 125,000 square kilometers in the past 50 or so years.

This has caused some marine biologists, like Charlie Veron, Former Chief Scientist of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, to predict that coral reefs will be largely extinguished within a century.

. . . However a new paper in Trends in Ecology and Evolution attempts to dispel the gloom over coral reefs by pointing to strategies, and even some successes, to save them. -
J Hance
10 Nov 2010
Photo credit: RA Butler

Journal Article Cited

Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey