April 5, 2012

Today's Wildlife Disease News Stories


Three cases of bat disease discovered in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently received confirmation that a deadly disease in bats called “White-Nose Syndrome” (WNS) has been found in three bats from two caves in Lincoln County.

... WNS was confirmed in a little brown bat from one public cave and in two tri-colored bats from a second public cave north of St. Louis by the U. S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis.

Missouri Department of Conservation Online - mdc.mo.gov
02 Apr 2012
J Jerek
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA - Map It

Biologists explore mystery of the frog-killing fungus in Kenai

During a hot July day in 2002, Mari Reeves, a biologist with the Anchorage Field Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was poking around the Swanson River Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Reeves was just starting a multi-year investigation of structural abnormalities in our ubiquitous wood frog. What she found was a dead subadult frog that was subsequently diagnosed with hytridiomycosis, a sometimes lethal disease caused by the fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd).

Finding Bd in Alaska was (and is) a big deal. This fungal pathogen was first described in the scientific literature in 1999, but was widely recognized within only a few years as the cause of recent global declines in amphibian species.... And Reeves' frog was the first time that Bd was found in Alaska.

Peninsula Clarion - peninsulaclarion.com
30 Mar 2012
J Morton
Photo courtesy of Peninsula Clarion
Location: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA

CWD Found For First Time In Far Northern Wisconsin

The deer-killing Chronic Wasting Disease has jumped from south-central Wisconsin to far northern Wisconsin. Mike Simonson reports. CWD has been confirmed in a deer found 3½ miles west of Shell Lake in Washburn County.

There are lots of questions that need to be answered. Department of Natural Resources Lands Administrator Kurt Thiede says the first is if this infected deer is an isolated case, or it has spread.

Ashland Current - www.ashlandcurrent.com
03 Apr 2012
M Simonson
Location: Shell Lake, Wisconsin, USA - Map It


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