Bat-killing disease spreads to Mammoth Cave NP
White-nose syndrome threatening new populations of bats, including endangered species
The news that white-nose syndrome has spread to a second cave in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park triggered renewed calls for action from conservation advocates.
“A northern long-eared bat, showing symptoms of white-nose syndrome, was found in Long Cave in the park,” said Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead. “The bat was euthanized on January 4 and sent for laboratory testing. Those tests confirmed white-nose syndrome.”
Long Cave, an undeveloped cave 1.3 miles long, is the park’s largest bat hibernaculum and houses endangered Indiana bats and gray bats, along with other non-threatened species. Long Cave is not connected to Mammoth Cave and has not been open to visitors for more than 80 years.
Wildlife Health Technology
Since its inception, the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre (CCWHC) has maintained a secure data repository which helps researchers and government agencies make sound decisions about wildlife disease management issues.
During the last 15 years, this database has undergone many changes, improvements and expansions. In recent years, concerns such as West Nile Virus, Avian Influenza, Chronic Wasting Disease and Rabies have all been monitored using software specifically developed by the CCWHC. This dedicated focus on providing tools to researchers and decision makers has enabled the CCWHC to react rapidly to emerging diseases in order to put relevant data in the hands of those who need it. Due to the sensitive nature of this data, access is strictly controlled through a comprehensive request and review process.
Plastics and chemicals they absorb pose double threat to marine life
Marine creatures that ingest plastics in the ocean might suffer from a double whammy of the plastic itself and the pollutants those plastics have absorbed while floating in the open seas, according to research led by doctoral student Chelsea Rochman of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.
The study found that the most commonly produced plastics also absorbed the most chemicals, and for longer periods of time than previously thought. Products made from the particular plastic used to make water bottles — polyethylene terephthalate, or PET — might have fewer detrimental chemical impacts than products made from other types of plastic, according to the study, published online this month in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
Chronic Wasting Disease Update from Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
The Ellis County detection is the first for that county. All positives this past season 2012 were 3.5 or older white-tailed bucks harvested with archery equipment in November.
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