Latest Wildlife health News

Biologists try to protect bats from deadly fungus in Utah

Jun. 13, 2021 08:03 AM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — When bats come to mind, people generally think of horror movies and vampires, but bats actually play an important role in the ecosystem. But they’re in danger. White Nose Syndrome, WNS, was discovered in New York in 2006 and has been affecting...

Illinois reopening Monroe County cave system

Jun. 12, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A cave system in southern Illinois closed more than a decade ago will reopen to the public this month. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced this week that Illinois Caverns in Monroe County will reopen on Wednesday. ...

Florida reverses itself, will allow rainbow bridge lighting

Jun. 09, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida reversed itself Wednesday and said a downtown Jacksonville bridge can be decorated in rainbow lights to celebrate gay rights, one day after it had ordered them doused. Taryn Fenske, a spokeswoman for Gov. Ron DeSantis, told The...

Hantavirus case reported by Carson City health officials

Jun. 09, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Health officials in Carson City are advising residents to use extra care around areas where rats and mice may have been living after discovering a person had been infected with the hantavirus. Carson City Health and Human...

Bat found in Madison park tests positive for rabies

Jun. 04, 2021 07:10 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bat found in a Madison park has tested positive for rabies. The bat was discovered Wednesday near the restrooms in Olbrich Park, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Friday. Public Health Madison and Dane County, the...

To control CWD outbreak, Minnesota bans moving farmed deer

Jun. 01, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota wildlife managers imposed a statewide ban on the movement of farmed white-tailed deer starting Tuesday through the end of July as they try to control an outbreak of chronic wasting disease that threatens the state’s wild deer population. ...

China reports human case of H10N3 bird flu, a possible first

Jun. 01, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A man in eastern China has contracted what might be the world’s first human case of the H10N3 strain of bird flu, but the risk of large-scale spread is low, the government said Tuesday. The 41-year-old man in Jiangsu province, northwest of Shanghai,...

Plague of ravenous, destructive mice tormenting Australians

May. 28, 2021 07:10 AM EDT

BOGAN GATE, Australia (AP) — At night, the floors of sheds vanish beneath carpets of scampering mice. Ceilings come alive with the sounds of scratching. One family blamed mice chewing electrical wires for their house burning down. Vast tracts of land in Australia's New...

Thailand aims at pandemic risks by fighting wildlife trade

May. 27, 2021 21:17 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand is ramping up efforts to curb trade in wildlife to help reduce the risk of future pandemics, officials said Thursday, though it was unclear whether that would mean an end to all such sales in the wildlife trafficking hub. The government intends...

New infections raise concern about spread of wasting disease

May. 26, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is concerned about the deadly spread of chronic wasting disease after a number of cases from a Beltrami County deer farm were found in other parts of the state and beyond. A deer in the Beltrami County herd...