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1 hour ago ·
Climate change link to mysterious US snake die-off
The culprit behind a disease that causes raised blisters, crusted-over eyes and snouts, discolored skin patches, and ultimately death in several snake species has been identified. A fungus called Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola is responsible for the snake deaths in the American Midwest and East, researchers now say.
Researchers had suspected O. ophiodiicola was responsible for snake fungal disease (SFD) because they had found the fungus on snakes that died of SFD in the past. But the new study is the first to confirm a link between the fungus and the disease, the researchers said.
The finding documents how the disease progresses in snakes, and may help researchers create strategies to treat infected snakes and mitigate the fungus near vulnerable snake populations, the researchers said.
Wildlife experts first learned about snake fungal disease in 2006, when snakes in New Hampshire began dying after getting serious skin infections. Since then, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed the disease in at least seven species of snakes in nine states: Illinois, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
"The loss of certain snake species in eastern North America could have widespread negative impacts on ecosystems," study lead author Jeffrey Lorch, a USGS National Wildlife Health Center scientist, said in a statement. "Pinpointing the SFD-causing fungus can help conserve snake populations threatened by this disease."
... Warming temperatures from climate change may help the fungus grow, he added. These changing temperatures may also make it harder for infected snakes' abilities to recover, "because snake immunity is highly dependent on environmental conditions," Lorch said.
Full story at www.livescience.com/52893-snake-fungal-disease-identified.html
#climate #snakes #reptiles
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1 hour ago ·
USA: Hunting show stars take guilty pleas for their roles in poaching operation
The host of the Sportsman Channel hunting show “Syndicate Hunting” and four other people pled guilty in federal court this month to crimes related to a poaching operation in Noatak National Preserve in Northwest Alaska, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
On Monday, host Clark W. Dixon, 41, of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, pled guilty to two violations of the Lacey Act for his role in the illegal killing of a brown bear, the U.S. attorney said in a release.
Dixon faces 18 months in prison, plus a $75,000 fine and the forfeiture of 17 trophies, including grizzly, Dall sheep, caribou, as well as bows and rifles used to illegally kill game in Alaska, according to the release.
Dixon’s father, 70-year-old Charles Dixon, also pled guilty to two violations of the Lacey Act for illegally flying nonresident Clarence Osborne to their camp to hunt brown bear, moose and caribou.
Osborne did not have the correct permit and was without a guide. Charles Dixon will have to pay a $15,000 fine, and $10,000 in restitution to Noatak Preserve to remove their illegal camp materials from the area.
Charles Dixon’s airplane was also forfeited, the release said. He will be sentenced in February.
Osborne pled guilty to Lacey Act violations in early November. He was sentenced to five years probation “with the condition that he not hunt anywhere in the world,” according to the release.
Full story at www.adn.com/article/20151124/hunting-show-stars-take-guilty-pleas-their-roles-poaching-operation
#Alaska #bears #poaching
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2 hours ago ·