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Florida panthers afflicted with mysterious walking disorder

Aug. 21, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials are investigating a disorder that causes Florida panthers to have trouble walking. A video from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows the affected panthers walking abnormally, mostly kittens. Trail cameras in three counties...

Delaware official defends lifeguards' handling of sick shark

Aug. 21, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — Lifeguards at a Delaware beach drew criticism for placing a 4-foot-long (1.2-meter-long) dying shark into a trash can, but a beach official says guards acted in the interest of public safety. The Delaware News Journal reports an unresponsive shark that washed up on Rehoboth...

Bald eagles to be released after being nursed back to health

Aug. 21, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

POQUOSON, Va. (AP) — The Wildlife Center of Virginia plans to release three bald eagles into the wild this week after they were nursed back to health. The first eagle is a juvenile bird spotted on the ground in Poquoson in June. Veterinary staff treated the hatch-year bird for anemia, dehydration,...

Ohio to put raccoon-rabies vaccination baits in 14 counties

Aug. 21, 2019 1:31 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Department of Health is set to begin oral raccoon-rabies vaccination operations in 14 northeast Ohio counties. The department says the annual fall baiting operations done in partnership with federal and local agencies will begin on or around Friday, weather permitting. The...

Urgency for vaccine grows as virus ravages China's pigs

Aug. 21, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Scientists are working to develop a vaccine to help guard the world's pork supply as a deadly virus ravages Asia's pig herds. Farmers have long contained its spread by quarantining and killing infected animals, but the disease's devastating march into East Asia is intensifying the search for...

Washoe County resident dies from Hantavirus; 1st since 2017

Aug. 20, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Washoe County resident who contracted hantavirus has died. Health district officials say it's the second fatality in the county since 2017 that resulted from the disease that is spread through the droppings, urine and saliva of infected rodents. Dr. Randall Todd said Tuesday hantavirus...

Game commission recommends deer feeding ban

Aug. 20, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A committee of Pennsylvania Game Commission staff has recommended a statewide ban on feeding white-tailed deer. The agency biologists say that banning artificial feeding stations would help slow the spread of wildlife diseases. They're asking residents to voluntarily stop feeding...

Elanco becomes 2nd largest animal health co after $7.6B deal

Aug. 20, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Elanco Animal Health will spend $7.6 billion to acquire Bayer AG's veterinary medicines business, which would make it the second-largest animal health company. Elanco said Tuesday that it will pay $5.3 billion, or about 70% of the total price, in cash and the rest in stock. The deal...

Annual USDA rabies bait drop designed to stop rabies spread

Aug. 19, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Wildlife officials in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine are continuing a yearslong effort to stop the spread of rabies by distributing an oral vaccine targeted at raccoons across the three states. Low-flying aircraft dropped the vaccines in Vermont and New Hampshire last week. This...

Philippines: Still-unknown disease prompts culling of pigs

Aug. 19, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine agriculture chief said Monday that an unspecified number of pigs has died or been culled in backyard farms in recent weeks and a crisis team has been established to try to contain the still-unidentified disease causing the swine deaths. Agriculture Secretary...