Latest Wildlife health News

After 20 years, Washington tribe hopes to hunt whales again

Nov. 14, 2019 5:05 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Patrick DePoe was in high school the last time his Native American tribe in Washington state was allowed to hunt whales. He was on a canoe that greeted the crew towing in the body of a gray whale. His shop class worked to clean the bones and reassemble the skeleton, which hangs in a tribal...

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,...

Cold snap kicks off stranding season for sea turtles

Nov. 14, 2019 3:29 PM EST

EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Several sea turtles have washed ashore along Cape Cod Bay since frigid temperatures hit the area. The Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary says 18 sea turtles have washed ashore, mostly in Eastham, and hundreds more cold-stunned turtles are expected...

Northwestern Montana moose has chronic wasting disease

Nov. 14, 2019 2:33 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A moose shot by a hunter in northwestern Montana tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks said Thursday the moose was shot in late October just west of an area where the agency is monitoring and testing harvested deer for the brain...

Updated deer regulations aim to halt chronic wasting disease

Nov. 14, 2019 3:10 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Hunters are prohibited from bringing whole carcasses of deer, elk, moose or caribou into New York state under new regulations aimed at stopping the spread of chronic wasting disease. State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says chronic wasting disease...

Northwest Wyoming deer test positive for chronic wasting

Nov. 11, 2019 6:26 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife biologists have confirmed a disease deadly to deer, elk and moose in several deer in a new area of northwest Wyoming, near the Montana line. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says the deer came from the Clark area. Tests for chronic wasting disease came back positive for...

Turtle rescue season starts on Cape Cod beaches

Nov. 11, 2019 2:32 PM EST

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — The season's first cold-stunned sea turtles were rescued from Cape Cod beaches over the weekend. A spokeswoman for Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary says juvenile Kemp's ridley turtles were found Saturday at beaches in Brewster and Eastham. A third was found Sunday on...

Fewer Yellowstone wolves equals no wolf-on-wolf deaths

Nov. 11, 2019 12:22 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — For the first time in 24 years, Yellowstone National Park wildlife managers have found no evidence wolves killing each other. The Billings Gazette reports that the park's annual report on wolves says seven wolf deaths were recorded 2018, but none were wolf-on-wolf deaths and none...

Game and Parks to check carcasses for deer disease

Nov. 10, 2019 10:08 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to sample deer carcasses for chronic wasting disease during the coming firearm season, Nov. 16-24. The state wants to assess the spread and prevalence of the disease. Samples will be taken at check stations in northeast, central and...

Deadly cat disease prompts Wyoming shelter quarantine

Nov. 9, 2019 1:20 PM EST

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — A deadly virus has led to a quarantine at a Wyoming animal shelter. The Park County Animal Shelter in Cody began a three-week quarantine Monday after a litter of kittens came in carrying the disease feline parvo. None of the shelter's dozens of cats may leave and no more may enter during...