Latest Animal health News

Bobcat that attacked 3 had rabies

Dec. 13, 2018 4:41 PM EST

HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont authorities say a bobcat that bit three people in Hartford this week had rabies. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says two women were attacked by a bobcat on Wednesday. State game wardens shot the animal. The department says a man who saw media coverage of the attacks...

Metaphorical Washington 'swamp' overrun by actual vermin

Dec. 12, 2018 12:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andre Pittman and Gregory Cornes are on a mission to rid Washington of opportunistic vermin. But their target isn't corrupt officials or shady political fixers; it's Rattus Norvegicus, the common Norway Rat. The nation's capital is facing a spiraling rat infestation, fueled by mild...

Cold-stunned turtles flown from New England to Florida Keys

Dec. 12, 2018 5:20 AM EST

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Officials say 32 cold-stunned Kemp's ridley sea turtles rescued off New England's coast have arrived in the Florida Keys to warm up at the Turtle Hospital. A volunteer group of general aviation pilots, under the banner of "Turtles Fly Too," transported the reptiles on Tuesday....

Should Johannesburg Zoo's last elephant stay or go?

Dec. 11, 2018 4:06 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — When the last African elephant at the Johannesburg Zoo lost her male companion to illness in September, some people said 39-year-old Lammie should be sent to a bigger sanctuary so she wouldn't spend her final years alone. The debate is particularly sensitive because the world's biggest...

Deer disease not found in hundreds of dead UP deer

Dec. 10, 2018 7:05 PM EST

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (AP) — Experts say they've found no new cases of chronic wasting disease in Michigan's Upper Peninsula after testing hundreds of dead deer during the hunting season. The Daily News in Iron Mountain reports more than 750 deer heads were examined in a core surveillance area around...

State officials confirm 11 CWD infections on deer farm

Dec. 10, 2018 4:59 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin agriculture officials have confirmed 11 more cases of chronic wasting disease on a Washington County deer farm. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection quarantined the farm in March after a buck there tested positive. The agency announced Monday that 11...

More deer test positive for wasting disease in Montana

Dec. 9, 2018 10:54 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Nine more deer killed by hunters in Montana have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The latest findings bring to 22 the number of deer that have tested positive this season for the deadly brain wasting disease. Also known as CWD, it can affect the nervous systems of deer,...

Environmentalists: Plan to reduce elk feeding is overdue

Dec. 8, 2018 3:09 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — An environmental group is urging federal wildlife managers to quickly develop an overdue plan to reduce the amount of supplemental feed given to wild elk on the National Elk Refuge in northwest Wyoming. In a Dec. 4 letter to refuge officials, attorneys for Earthjustice said the plan...

Vet sues dog owner over harsh review on Yelp

Dec. 8, 2018 2:50 PM EST

DELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida veterinarian is suing for defamation after a dog owner posted a harsh review of his clinic on Yelp. Dr. Thomas MacPhail says he filed the lawsuit because the dog owner had smeared his clinic in DeLand, Florida, located halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach. The dog owner,...

Mammoth Cave scientists studying white-nose syndrome

Dec. 8, 2018 11:39 AM EST

MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK, Ky. (AP) — Scientists at Mammoth Cave National Park are taking part in two studies regarding white-nose syndrome, or WNS. WNS is caused by a fungus growing on bats' muzzles, wings and tails and while it is not harmful to humans, it is known to have killed millions of bats across...