West Nile virus felling red-tailed hawks in the Poconos
[Editor's note: Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center has not tested red-tail hawks for West Nile virus... many come to the center that are experiencing West Nile-like symptoms....]
Red-tailed hawks in the Poconos have died from a West Nile-type virus at an alarming rate this summer, another indication of just how serious a threat the virus is posing this year, according to Kathy Uhler, director of the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center.
... DEP does tally the number of positive red-tailed hawk cases that are reported to it by other agencies or private citizens. So far only seven other red-tailed hawks were reported to have died from the virus in Pennsylvania this year.
... Just last week, 12 red-tailed hawks were brought into the center by people who simply thought the animals were injured or dehydrated. But within hours of arriving at the center, the hawks, which were discovered in Monroe and Northampton counties and outwardly appeared healthy, died.
... Three of those occurred in York County and two in Centre County, according to a state website that monitors reported cases of West Nile.
on the Global Wildlife Disease News Map
EHD possible cause of Wisconsin deer deaths
|Cases of EHD reported in the news dating back 45 days on the |
Global Wildlife Disease News Map
In the last two weeks, landowners have reported finding small groups of dead deer, primarily in the Town of Dekorra in Columbia County. But small clusters of dead or dying deer have also been reported in the last 24 hours in Rock, Waukesha and Walworth counties, according to the agency.
... A total of 31 deer deaths in Wisconsin are being investigated by the DNR as "suggestive" of EHD, said Eric Lobner, DNR wildlife supervisor. Nine of the dead deer were found on a 40-acre property in Columbia County.
However, the cause of death has not been confirmed. Tissue samples have been sent to a laboratory in Georgia for testing, Lobner said. Results are expected in one to two weeks.
If confirmed, it would be the first documentation of EHD in Wisconsin since 2002, when the disease killed 14 deer in Iowa County.
on Global Wildlife Disease News Map
OTHER WILDLIFE HEALTH RELATED NEWS
- NH Hunters - Do Not Transport NY-killed Deer through Mass. or Vermont [Illegal to transport the carcasses through Vermont or Massachusetts][USA]
- Wild rabbit tests positive for bubonic plague in Colorado Springs: Public health alert issued [Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - Map It ]
- More tests suggest Lake Erie fish die-off was natural causes, MOE says [Hypoxia] [View cases reported in the news around Lake Erie in Ontario, Canada on Wildlife Disease News Map ]
- Training and workshop in Maine [News from Northeastern Wildlife Disease Cooperative]
|The overall winner of the British wildlife photography awards 2012|
Gannet jacuzzi, by Matt Doggettn
- Artificial bat cave built to combat killer disease (Update)
- Endangered mountain yellow-legged frogs might get a hoppy ending
- 14 more whooping cranes to join flock in La.
- Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care’s Bear TV goes viral [If you need a cute animal fix, this is it]
- GIANT VIRUSES ARE ANCIENT LIVING ORGANISMS[Researchers are giving viruses, which have genes but no cellular structure, a place on the tree of life]