Latest Wildlife health News

NOAA asks residents to keep eye out for stunned sea turtles

Nov. 19, 2019 5:29 AM EST

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — The federal government is asking New Jersey and New York beachgoers to report any sightings they might have of stranded turtles. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a recent cold snap has suddenly resulted in cold-stunned sea turtles washing up on beaches. The...

Correction: Tribe-Whaling story

Nov. 18, 2019 2:18 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — In a story Nov. 14 about the Makah Tribe’s effort to resume whaling in Washington state, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Makah is the only tribe with a treaty right to hunt whales. While the Makah is the only tribe whose treaty specifically mentions a right to hunt...

China diagnoses 3rd case of bubonic plague

Nov. 18, 2019 1:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China says a 55-year-old man has been diagnosed with bubonic plague after killing and eating a wild rabbit, adding to two plague cases already discovered in the capital Beijing. A statement from the health authority in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region north of Beijing said that as of...

Tree-killing fungal disease native to Hawaii spreads on Oahu

Nov. 16, 2019 3:28 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — An ohia tree-killing fungal disease local to Hawaii was discovered spreading on Oahu after wildlife officials conducted an aerial survey of the island forest, state officials said. State Division of Forestry and Wildlife officials tagged 41 more trees that could be ailing from rapid ohia...

Equine Herpesvirus-1 found in horse at Oklahoma City park

Nov. 16, 2019 1:02 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State veterinary officials say a horse at Remington Park in Oklahoma City has been euthanized after testing positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1. Assistant state veterinarian Dr. Michael Herrin said Friday that the horse was euthanized Tuesday and the barn where it was housed is under...

New Hampshire deer hunting season gets underway in earnest

Nov. 16, 2019 8:02 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It’s the first weekend of New Hampshire’s deer hunting season for those using regular firearms, and officials are reminding participants of some of the rules. The season started Wednesday and runs through Dec. 1 in northernmost New Hampshire, and through Dec. 8 in the...

Oakland County health officials confirm rabies in pet cat

Nov. 15, 2019 3:43 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) — Health officials in suburban Detroit have confirmed rabies in a pet cat. The confirmation in Birmingham Friday follows verification so far this year of the disease in four bats and 11 skunks in Oakland County. Officials said last month that a dead skunk found in nearby West...

Falcons rule out RB Freeman (foot), TE Hooper (knee)

Nov. 15, 2019 3:08 PM EST

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons will be without running back Devonta Freeman, tight end Austin Hooper and safety Kemal Ishmael for Sunday’s game at Carolina. All three were ruled out Friday. Freeman sustained a sprained foot in last weekend’s upset victory over New Orleans,...

Rabid kitten bites three people in Otter Tail County

Nov. 15, 2019 11:07 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State animal health officials say an Otter Tail County kitten who bit three people, including a young child, has tested positive for rabies. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the kitten’s owner saw a skunk attacking the kitten on her farmhouse porch last month. She...

Hawaii endangered bird program to end after 9 die

Nov. 14, 2019 4:57 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project will halt its program after the deaths of nine endangered birds, officials said. The decision to suspend the project on the windward slopes of Maui’s Haleakala volcano came after at least nine of 13 kiwikiu apparently succumbed to avian malaria,...