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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease - State Biologist Shocked Over The Discovery Of One Hundred Dead Elk On A Ranch In Northeastern New Mexico
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsqyXR16DFs&feature=player_embedded
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Video: http://www.cbs12.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_9716.shtml
Closer to a state of emergency; Toxic water devastating Treasure Coast
Story by Jana Eschbach / CBS12 News
Posted by Scott T. Smith / CBS12 News
STUART, Fla. -- St. Lucie County commissioners give the go ahead to draft a state of emergency. All commissioners unanimously approved the move.

It will be finalized and voted on next week, which will then open up funding for environmental and economic losses.

The news comes the same day we've learned that nearly 100 percent of the 23 acres of state funded oyster beds are dead. 100 percent of the St. Lucie River in Stuart and Port St. Lucie is toxic. Releases from Lake Okeechobee are estimated to continue through 2014.

All this is taking a toll on the tourism and boating industry, the environment, and even people's health.

Bacteria levels are so high, you can't touch the water or risk an infection. Toxic algae so serious, it can cause liver damage.

Tourism numbers on the west coast of Florida are just in, show 70 percent of the tourism industry is seeing a great economic hit.

Fifty percent of hotel guests say they won't return because of the dirty water.

Treasure Coast officials have not yet surveyed businesses to date, but the numbers won't be good.

"The important thing is let's declare it a State of Emergency," said Mark Perry, Executive Director at Florida Oceanographic Society.  "I mean this is not only an emergency environmentally, but economically for the people in the area for their livelihoods and health-wise. So there should be a state team that comes here from Department of Environmental Protection and the Governor's office, and everyone should be on this."

A state Senate panel last week focused on possible solutions for now, like using cattle ranches and conservation lands to hold water, some of it is land currently flooded by Big Sugar.

$4 million of taxpayer money was spent on the oyster reef project. The water in the spring was crystal clear in the estuary. Now, its toxic.

"This is a real real crisis here," Perry said.

With four months of fresh water pouring in, the salinity in the St. Lucie River plunged to zero.

"We went out and did surveys on August 2 and found about 49 percent mortality in the oysters. But for so much fresh water for so long, they cant tolerate it," Perry said. "Those oysters form reef environments, and create habitats for about 300 species of little crabs, shrimp, and juvenile fish that are based on the food chain, on up the food chain -- that habitat alone is being decimated."

This week the oyster reefs are declared dead. Your tax dollars were spent on a big project, only to be destroyed once again.

"These coastal estuaries cannot take it -- enough is enough." Perry said.

But Perry says we have to keep spending to keep regenerating these reefs, or the entire estuary will die. What would that look like? No fish, dolphins, manatees, nothing will live in the water.

"Look we cant give up. As soon as this events over we have to get back out there and try to recover this habitat, cause oysters and seagrasses and mangroves, these are critical habitats for these coastal estuaries." Perry said.

The New York Times is here today, CBS Evening News, are focusing on the economy, and other networks on dolphin deaths. Are we gaining any support for funding a comprehensive solution for the coastal and Lake regions with all this coverage? Not yet.

To bring awareness to Washington this week and encourage funding, Congressman Patrick Murphy is taking a tour of the entire Everglades and Lake region projects with South Florida Water Managers first thing Wednesday.

Murphy is trying to secure federal support in Washington to pay for the projects. Fully-funded, the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, passed  in 2000, would cost $8 billion, and take 15 to 20 years to complete.
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Unprecedented: Sockeye salmon at dire historic low on Canada’s Pacific coast — “We think something happened in the ocean” — “The elders have never seen anything like this at all” — Alaska and Russia also affected
8/12/13

Aboriginal people in British Columbia who rely on Skeena River sockeye are facing some extremely difficult decisions as sockeye salmon returns plunge to historic lows.

Lake Babine Chief Wilf Adam was on his way to Smithers, B.C., on Monday for a discussion about whether to entirely shut down the food fishery on Lake Babine, something he said would be drastic and unprecedented [...]

Last month, the department noted returns for the Skeena River sockeye run were dire. [...]

[Mel Kotyk, North Coast area director for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans] said department scientists don’t know why the return numbers are so low. “[...] we think something happened in the ocean.”

“[...] We’ve never seen anything like this in all these years I’ve done this. I’ve asked the elders and they have never seen anything like this at all.” [said Chief Wilf Adam]
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http://www.atascaderonews.com/v2_...g=0&page=72&story_id=6212
9/6/13
BREAKING NEWS Fish die-off at Atascadero Lake(California)

City public works crews cleaned more than 2,000 pounds of fish from the Atascadero lakeshore Friday resulting from a sudden die-off.

"We knew the oxygen levels were getting low; we tested them [Thursday] and saw they were getting low,” said Bob Joslin, Atascadero public works operations manager. “We went [Friday morning] to test them again and saw the fish were dead on the shore.”

Joslin said drought conditions this year have produced a quickly evaporating body of water at the Atascadero Lake Park, one that now holds its deepest points at just four-to-five feet, a good eight feet lower than the lake is at its fullest.

The low water levels mean lower oxygen content for the fish, and that brings a deadly consequence for the animals.

Part of the problem is that the so-called lake is not really what its name implies.

“It’s not really a lake, it’s a big pond, and when the water gets hot, it starts to stagnate,” Joslin said. “We’re being as proactive as we can. We do what we can do, but with this weather and the low levels, there’s not a lot we can do. It’s a natural phenomenon, and it’s happened before.”
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High number of Bottlenose dolphins dying off north eastern USA
http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/bottlenose-dieoff.html#cr

Bottlenose dolphin unusual mortality event in the Mid-Atlantic
August 2013. Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (as amended), an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) has been declared for bottlenose dolphins in the Mid-Atlantic region from early July 2013 through to the present day. A much higher number than usual of strandings of Bottlenose dolphins has occurred in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

These Bottlenose dolphin strandings are more than seven times the historical average for the month of July for the Mid-Atlantic Region. All age classes of bottlenose dolphins are involved and strandings range from a few live animals to mostly dead animals with many very decomposed.

As yet, there are no unifying gross necropsy findings although several dolphins have presented with pulmonary lesions. Preliminary testing of tissues from one dolphin indicates possible morbillivirus infection, although it is too early to say whether or not morbillivirus may be causing this event.

Probably infectious disease
Based on the rapid increase in strandings over the last two weeks and the geographic extent of these mortalities, an infectious pathogen is at the top of the list of potential causes for this UME, but all potential causes of these mortalities will be evaluated. Work is underway to determine whether an infectious agent affecting these dolphins is present in collected tissue samples.

25 years since last major event when more than 740 dolphins died
It has been 25 years since the 1987-1988 bottlenose dolphin morbillivirus mortality event that occurred along the mid-Atlantic coast, involving more than 740 animals and spanning from New Jersey to Florida. That massive die-off, along with a humpback whale mortality event in 1987 off the coast of Massachusetts and the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill prompted Congress to formally establish the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program with the specific instructions for the UME Program as Title IV of the MMPA.

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http://www.bennettcountyboostersd...die-off-occurring-again-this-year
9/13/13
Deer die off occurring again this year(South Dakota)
Posted in News on 13 September 2013.

A whitetail deer die off is occurring again this year in Bennett County. At this point there have only been a few reports of dead deer, and all have been from the eastern part of the county.

The most likely cause of the die off is epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), which was the cause of the die off in 2012. At this point all of the deer reported dead in this area have been whitetails, but one mule deer was confirmed to have died of the disease in a different county.

Other counties north of us are also reporting losing whitetails. There are several strains of EHD, with some of the strains affecting whitetail deer, mule deer, antelope and elk. The strain that was present last year did kill some mule deer and some elk, although the primary loss was whitetails.

There were also some reports last year of cattle being infected in the area. Prior to last year, it was assumed that while cattle can carry the disease, they did not show any symptoms.

Weather conditions more than anything else will determine if the die off becomes severe again this year or whether the die off is limited. If the conditions remain hot and dry, the conditions are right for the breeding of the black gnats and midges, which carry the disease. If it turns cool, the breeding cycle may slow and the die off may not be as severe.

Hemorrhagic disease may kill deer within 72 hours of infection. Some deer will survive but will show signs of lameness, loss of appetite, and much reduced activity. A smaller proportion of animals may be disabled for weeks or months by lameness or emaciation.
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http://www.nj.com/sussex-county/i...xes_test_positive_for_rabies.html
'Unusual' outbreak hits Stanhope(New Jersey): Four foxes test positive for rabies
9/11/13

STANHOPE — Four foxes have tested positive for rabies in Stanhope, an unusual occurrence that has prompted health officials to urge residents to get their pets vaccinated immediately.

The rabies-infected animals were among five foxes destroyed by police and tested after they had charged two police officers and people walking their dogs in the vicinity of Lake Musconetcong.

One woman was bitten on both ankles and her dog was also bitten by a fox today on Musconetcong Road. Her dog was one of two that bitten last week, police said.

“This is unusual, four out of five is unusual. It’s an anomaly” Sussex County health administrator Herb Yardley said.

People need to have their animals vaccinated for rabies. Even pets that don’t go outdoors. If they get out just once, they could be exposed,” said Yardley, speculating that a single den of foxes could have been exposed in Stanhope after one of its members became rabid.

Ralph D’Aries, chief of the rabies program at the county Department of Environmental and Public Health Services, said the woman who was bitten is undergoing treatment for her injuries and the dogs, who had been vaccinated, are being quarantined for 45 days as a precautionary measure.

Another person was bitten on a shoe and another man was bitten on the back of his jeans, police said.

Had the two dogs not been vaccinated, said D’Aries, they would face a much stricter quarantine regimen, including no exposure to humans or other animals for six months.

“That’s cruel,” he said.

More recently, Stanhope police destroyed a fox on Monday after it was “chasing people around” at a park near Lake Musconetcong, Police Chief Steven Pittigher said.

Police are being especially vigilant about the possibility of rabid foxes in the area, said Pittigher.

“If we see any animal showing signs of disease, we will destroy the animal,” he said.

Hopatcong animal control officer Dale Sloat, who assisted in the Stanhope investigation, said residents should notify police if they see an animal exhibiting the following behaviors:

• Overly aggressive
• Not afraid of people
• Infrequent movement
• It falls over while standing or walking
• It walks or runs in circles

Rabies, a viral disease that causes encephalitis in warm-blooded animals, can be fatal to humans if left untreated and is most commonly transmitted by dog bites.
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http://www.theguardian.com/world/...onolulu-molasses-spill-fish-dying
9/12/13
Thousands of fish dying as 1,400 tons of molasses ooze into Honolulu harbor

The state may fine the shipping company, Matson, for violating the Clean Water Act after it investigates Monday's spill


Thousands of fish have died in Honolulu waters after a leaky pipe caused 1,400 tons of molasses to ooze into the harbour and kill marine life, state officials said.

Hawaii department of health deputy director Gary Gill said on Thursday about 2,000 dead fish had been collected in waters near Honolulu harbour.

The fish are dying because the high concentration of molasses is making it difficult for them to breathe, said department spokeswoman Janice Okubo. Television footage shows some fish sticking their mouths out of the water.

The department has warned people to stay out of the area because the dead fish could attract sharks and other predators such as barracuda.

The brown, sugary substance spilled on Monday from a pipe used to load molasses from storage tanks to ships sailing to California. The shipping company, Matson Navigation, repaired the hole and the pipe stopped leaking on Tuesday morning, spokesman Jeff Hull said.

A senior Matson executive said on Thursday the company had not planned for the possibility of a spill. Vic Angoco said Matson had planned only for spills of oil or other chemicals.

As much as 233,000 gallons of molasses leaked into the harbour, Matson said. That's equivalent to what would fill about seven rail cars or about one-third of an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Underwater video taken by Honolulu television station Hawaii News Now showed dead fish, crabs and eels scattered along the ocean floor of the harbor and the water tinted a yellowish brown.

State officials expect the spill's brown plume will remain visible for weeks as tides and currents flush the molasses into the nearby Keehi Lagoon and out to sea. Gill said officials believed the best plan was to let currents flush out and dilute the molasses.

There's a possibility the state could fine Matson for violations of the Clean Water Act after the department investigates the circumstances of the spill, Okubo said. The state's focus is currently on public safety, she said.

The state was documenting the fish it collected and keeping them on ice for possible testing. Officials were also collecting water samples. The data will allow the department to estimate the duration and severity of the contamination.

Matson ships molasses from Hawaii to the mainland about once a week. Molasses are a made at Hawaii's last sugar plantation, run by Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. on Maui.

Matson said in a statement it takes its role an environmental steward very seriously. The company is taking steps ensure spills don't occur in the future, it said.
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Wildlife managers track mysterious deer die-off in Montana
9/20/13

A tally of 103 dead deer on Tuesday has wildlife officials searching for possible causes.

Wildlife managers in Montana are trying to pinpoint whether a disease, environmental toxin or chemical agent has caused a die-off of more than 100 whitetail deer in wetlands along a river corridor in the western part of the state.

The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks office in Missoula began to receive reports from landowners and boaters 10 days ago of dead deer along the Clark Fork River, and state wildlife biologists had tallied 103 deer carcasses by Tuesday.

"The deer appear to drop dead in their tracks," said agency educator Vivaca Crowser, adding that the deer showed no outward signs of injury or sickness.

Wildlife experts said a viral disease transmitted by tiny biting flies that hatch near bodies of water may be the culprit, but they were awaiting results from testing by a state lab of organ and blood samples.

The malady, epizootic hemorrhagic disease, mostly affects whitetail deer and is often fatal to them, causing hemorrhaging of the heart, liver, spleen and all other organs. The disease has not been shown to affect humans, Crowser said.

But there has been no known prior outbreak of the disease in Missoula or elsewhere in Montana west of the continental divide, Crowser said.

"Everything is still on the table in terms of possible causes. But if it's epizootic hemorrhagic disease, that would be unique," she said, adding that the lab was also investigating whether the cause could be an unidentified "toxin, a poison or another disease."

Outbreaks of the epizootic disease in whitetail deer were first documented in 1955 in New Jersey and Michigan. Michigan saw the disease reach epidemic proportions last year, killing nearly 14,900 whitetail deer, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

There is no effective treatment for the disease, which tends to abate in colder climates after the first hard frost in fall or early winter.
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