October 24, 2011

Today's Wildlife Disease News Stories


Officials collect dead birds from Ontario shoreline

Scores of dead birds will be collected from an Ontario shoreline on Sunday as officials try to determine what killed the waterfowl.

Officials estimate as many as 6,000 dead birds have washed up on the Georgian Bay's shoreline. The carcasses are scattered along nearly three-kilometre stretch near Wasaga Beach.

"You just want to cry," resident Faye Ego told CTV Toronto on Saturday.

Authorities speculate that the birds may have been killed by a form of botulism after eating dead fish.

Locals said they noticed some dead fish on the beach a few weeks ago and a few dead birds earlier in September.

The incident is being investigated by the Ministry of Natural Resources which says it isn't unusual for large numbers of fish and other wildlife to die on the Great Lakes at certain times of the year.

According to the ministry, smaller-scale die-offs occur annually on the Lakes. The last one happened on Lake Ontario in 2007.

CTV News - toronto.ctv.ca
23 Oct 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada

Chronic Wasting Disease found in Macon County deer

The Missouri Departments of Agriculture, Conservation and Health and Senior Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced late today that a captive white-tailed deer in Macon County has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, a neurological disease found in deer, elk and moose.

"We have a plan in place and our team is actively working to ensure that this situation is addressed quickly and effectively," said State Veterinarian Dr. Linda Hickam. "Fortunately there is no evidence that CWD poses a risk to humans, non cervid livestock, household pets or food safety."

The animal that tested positive for CWD was a captive white-tailed deer inspected as part of the state's CWD surveillance and testing program. Preliminary tests were conducted by the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.

Upon receiving the confirmed CWD positive, Missouri's departments of agriculture, conservation and health and senior services initiated their CWD Contingency Plan that was developed in 2002 by the Cervid Health Committee, a task force comprised of veterinarians, animal health officers and conservation officers from USDA, MDA, MDC and DHSS working together to mitigate challenges associated with CWD.

Houston Herald - www.houstonherald.com
19 Oct 2011
Location: Macon County, Missouri, USA - Map It

Photo courtesy of The Guardian's Week in Wildlife