December 4, 2012

Today's Wildlife Disease News Stories


Devastating prairie dog disease confirmed on Fort Pierre National Grassland in South Dakota

A disease that can devastate prairie dog colonies has been confirmed on the Fort Pierre National Grassland in South Dakota.

District Ranger Ruben Leal says the bacteria that causes sylvatic plague was found in fleas collected from prairie dog colonies.

The Republican - (Source: Associated Press)
28 Nov 2012
Location: Fort Pierre National Grassland, South Dakota, USA - Map It

RAT POISON: Bad for lions and other wildlife

Tests on a mountain lion found dead by hikers last month in the Santa Monica Mountains indicated the animal had consumed chemicals found in rat and mouse poisons, according to the National Park Service.

Because the carcass was partially decomposed, the actual cause of death could not be determined, but park officials pointed out that the consumption of rat poison is one many challenges faced by lions, bobcats and other predators living near urban areas.

The Press-Enterprise -
30 Nov 2012
D Danelski
Location: Santa Monica Mountains, California, USA - Map It

More News About Pesticides and Wildlife

Scientists complete 3rd trip in 3 months to study coral disease

A pair of scientists spent more than six hours in the waters off of ‘Anini Beach Wednesday as part of an ongoing coral disease study along Kauai‘i’s North Shore.

Since September, Dr. Thierry Work, wildlife disease specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Honolulu field office, and Dr. Greta Aeby, a coral expert with the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawai‘i, have been investigating a cyanobacterial/fungal disease that is rapidly killing coral at ‘Anini, Makua and Hanalei.

In a Nov. 21 report, Work described the coral disease outbreak as an epidemic and said it is the first cyanobacterial disease in Hawai‘i.

The focus of Wednesday’s trip — their third in three months — was to re-photograph 15 infected coral sites to document the disease’s progression and to collect samples of the Hawaiian white-spotted toby fish, which have been showing up with black skin discoloration and unusual lesions on their fins.

The Garden Island -
29 Nov 2012
C D'Angelo
Location: Map It

Elk Hunt Area 10 Added to CWD List

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease of deer, elk, and moose has been discovered in elk hunt area 10 that encompasses a portion of the Snowy Range area in the Medicine Bow National forest and surrounding private lands.

This is the first time CWD has been found in elk in the area, however it is not surprising since the hunt area for deer (hunt area 75) in the same general area, first had a positive test in 2002. Prevalence of CWD is very low in the area and has only been found in seven deer in the last 10 years out of hundreds tested.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department -
26 Nov 2012
Location: Snow Range, Wyoming, USA - Map It 


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