March 4, 2013

Investigating the Gastrointestinal Parasites of West Greenland Caribou and other wildlife disease news stories


Warmer winters bedevil moose in Minnesota

Scientists aren't sure, but a blood-sucking tick may be one cause of the species' decline. As many as 120,000 ticks have been found on a single moose.

Minnesota's decision last month to end its moose-hunting season because of the animal's rapidly declining numbers in the state has made the gangly, iconic symbol of cold northlands a new player in the debate over climate change.

Some scientists attribute the threats to climate change; others say more study is needed. Doug Inkley, a senior scientist at the National Wildlife Federation, says moose are "the canary in the coal mine. As a large-bodied animal that needs cool temperatures, it is particularly susceptible to climate change."

USA Today -
01 Mar 2013
C Raasch
Location: Minnesota, USA

What’s Eating You, Caribou? Investigating the Gastrointestinal Parasites of West Greenland Caribou

Caribou and reindeer (Rangifer tarandus spp.) are a key component of many Arctic ecosystems and are an important resource for northern communities. Gastrointestinal parasites, like roundworms (Nematoda) and tapeworms (Cestoda), are common in these animals, but we know little about the true diversity present and how they might be affecting caribou health. -
01 Mar 2013
Location: Greenland

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