Posts Tagged ‘mass animal deaths’

Prairie Dog Die Off in Arizona – Fleas Test Positive for Plague near Flagstaff

05/18/2011 Leave a comment

“FLAGSTAFF — Fleas collected from a remote area of Coconino County have tested positive for plague.

The fleas were collected from burrows that were being monitored due to a die off of prairie dogs around Doney Park, northeast of Flagstaff, Coconino County health officials said Tuesday.Area residents have been notified and the burrows have been treated.

Plague is a disease carried by rodents and rabbits, and sometimes of the predators that feed on them. The disease can be transmitted to humans and other animals by the bite of an infected flea, or by direct contact with an infected animal.”  Read more.

Thousands of Fish in Lake DuBay Found Dead from Virus

05/06/2011 Leave a comment

By Jeff Starck – “Thousands of black crappies on Lake DuBay and the Stevens Point Flowage are dead of a virus and wildlife officials are trying to figure out why the disease is affecting just one species.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biologists and fisheries technicians learned of the fish kill April 25 and determined that the cause appears to be a virus primarily affecting 3-year-old black crappies.

‘(If it was a widespread problem) other fish would be dying,’ DNR fisheries biologist Tom Meronek said. ‘This is just limited to crappies. We’ve seen cases on other bodies of water (in Wisconsin). This might be a similar virus.’

The symptoms are not consistent with viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS, a virus that has sickened or killed large numbers of fish in the Great Lakes, according to the DNR. Wisconsin has mandated in recent years that all water must be drained from boats to prevent the spread of VHS and other viruses and diseases.”  Read more.

Tens of Thousands of Fish Killed in Lake Champlain, Vermont

04/18/2011 Leave a comment

“Quite a sight along the shores of Lake Champlain– there’s been a massive fish kill.

Alewives have washed ashore at the sandbar in Milton.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife biologists estimate that tens of thousands of the nonnative species have died due to stress caused by frigid temperatures.

Ice fishermen have been noticing Alewives popping through the ice in recent months. Now that the ice is melting, they’re washing ashore. They’ve also been spotted in Georgia, Vt.

‘Never seen nothing like this,’ said George St. Amour, a fisherman from Colchester…”  Read more.

Gulf of Mexico Anglers Pulling in Red Snappers That Don’t Look Like Anything They’ve Seen Before

04/17/2011 4 comments

By Craig Pittman – “A year after the Deepwater Horizon disaster spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida beaches are relatively clean, the surf seems clear and the tourists are returning. But there are signs that the disaster is continuing to affect marine life in the gulf far from where humans can observe it.

Over the winter, anglers who had been working the gulf for decades began hauling in red snapper that didn’t look like anything they had seen before.

The fish had dark lesions on their skin, some the size of a 50-cent piece. On some of them, the lesions had eaten a hole straight through to the muscle tissue. Many had fins that were rotting away and discolored or even striped skin. Inside, they had enlarged livers, gallbladders, and bile ducts.

‘The fish have a bacterial infection and a parasite infection that’s consistent with a compromised immune system,’ said Jim Cowan, an oceanographer at Louisiana State University, who has been examining them. ‘There’s no doubt it’s associated with a chronic exposure to a toxin.'”  Read more.

Thousands of Dead Fish Float on Vapi Sea Coast, India

04/15/2011 Leave a comment

“Tens of thousands of dead fish surfaced on Vapi’s sea coast on Wednesday morning, an incident that locals say is not the first.

Villagers of Kolak and Udwada in Vapi went to the sea coast in the morning to prepare for their daily sojourns into the sea when they were shocked by floating pools of dead fish, a sight they claimed to have come across at least thrice earlier.

They immediately informed the sarpanchs of both villages as residents began gathering on the sea coast to look at the long line of dead fish being washed up ashore.”  Read more.

Mass Turtle Death Investigated in Australia

04/14/2011 Leave a comment

By Kelli Downey – “INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into the death of 10 green turtles found washed up on the beach in Boyne Island and Tannum Sands.

Nine juveniles and one adult turtle were found dead on the Boyne Island beach and adjacent Canoe Point tip near the mouth of the Boyne River last Sunday.

Seven of the turtles were located dead in Boyne Island with the remaining three found washed up at Tannum Sands.

The discovery was reported by a member of the public to Gladstone and District Wildlife Carers Association about midday.

Group president and wildlife carer Jodi Jones attended Boyne Island beach soon after, witnessing the grisly scene which has deeply angered and upset her.

Mrs Jones said each of the turtles appeared to be healthy, beautiful specimens with no visible signs of trauma.”  Read more.

Thousands of Dead Fish in Michigan River

04/13/2011 Leave a comment

By ANDREA ISOM – “It is a stinky and scaly situation in River Rouge as thousands of dead fish were discovered floating along the shoreline. The smell has been described as almost unbearable.

Viewers were so concerned they called FOX 2.

‘I eat fish out of this river. I fish there. My nieces and nephews fish out of this river and ate out of this river,’ said Guy Cason. “I’m concerned. I’m concerned about their well-being.'”  Read more.


Hundreds of Fish Die in North Jacksonville, Florida Pond

04/11/2011 Leave a comment

“JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Alonza Dicks feeds the fish the Oak Brook retention pond everyday.

‘They’re sort of like my pets,’ says Dicks.

He and his family put more than a thousand fish in the pond 5 years ago when they moved into the North Jacksonville neighborhood.

‘Normally if they were in there, they’re like paranas,’ he added.

But, now there’s not bites and no fish.

‘No the only thing I’m feeding is the birds,’ said Dicks.”  Read more.

Hundreds of Dead Fish Line Cove’s Banks in Iowa

04/11/2011 Leave a comment

By CINDY TOOPES – “OTTUMWA — Why are there hundreds of dead fish lining the banks of a cove along the Des Moines River near Eddyville?

Local residents don’t have that answer, but they did report the finned casualties to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. One of them, Stephenie Dobson, reported the oddity to the Courier and sent along a photo on Facebook.

David Dobson of Eddyville said he likes to fish the area that’s south of Hardfish Landing and west of the railroad trestle, both on the eastern side of the river.”   Read more.

50 Birds Fall Dead In Kansas Yard

04/11/2011 Leave a comment

“STERLING, Kan. – A central Kansas family hopes to learn what caused the deaths of dozens of birds that fell from trees outside their house.

Elizabeth Stange says it started with one or two birds tumbling to the ground Thursday afternoon, followed by dozens more. The Sterling woman told KWCH-TV that the birds all died within minutes of each other.

By evening, Stange says, she and her family collected about 50 birds from their driveway and yard.”  Read more.

Large Numbers of Shrimp and Seatrout Killed by ‘Cold Weather’

04/09/2011 Leave a comment

By Teresa Stepzinski – “BRUNSWICK – Georgia’s shrimping fleet could spend a couple more weeks in port because below-normal winter temperatures apparently killed a large number of shrimp as well as spotted seatrout in the coastal estuaries.

‘We’ll likely delay the opening of state waters to food-shrimp harvest to allow more of the shrimp that survived the winter to spawn before being caught,’ Pat Geer, chief of marine fisheries for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, said Friday.”  Read more.



Scientists Link Oil On Dolphins to BP Spill

04/08/2011 Leave a comment

By Leigh Coleman – “(Reuters) – Scientists confirmed on Thursday that they have discovered oil on dead dolphins found along the U.S. Gulf Coast, raising fresh concerns about the effects of last year’s BP oil spill on sea life.

Fifteen of the 406 dolphins that have washed ashore in the last 14 months had oil on their bodies, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists said during a conference call with reporters.

The oil found on eight of those dolphins has been linked to the April 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists said.”  Read more.

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