Over 100 Deer Found Dead Near Missoula

More than 100 whitetail deer have been found dead along the Clark Fork river west of Missoula. Tissue samples have been taken to determine the cause of death. EHD (epizootic hemorrhagic disease) is suspected as the cause of death.

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Dead Elk Herd in New Mexico

More than 100 elk were found dead on a ranch in northeastern New Mexico this week. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish are investigating as the cause of death is not apparent. Tissue samples and water samples are being sent for testing.

The suspected cause of death is Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, which is a disease caused by insect bites that can inflict fatalities within 8 to 36 hours.


Elk herd found dead in northeastern N.M.

Wildlife biologists investigating mass elk deaths

NM wildlife biologists investigating elk deaths

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Dead dolphins washing up on Virginia beaches at an alarming rate

44 bottle-nosed dolphins have been found dead on Virginia beaches during the month of July, bringing the year’s total to 82 strandings.

The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is currently testing tissue samples, as the cause of death cannot readily be determined.


Dead dolphins washing up on Virginia beaches at an alarming rate

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Thousands of Migrating Birds Drown Off English Coast

Thousands of disoriented and exhausted garden birds were reported plunging into the sea and drowning off the English coast.

The deaths were attributed to a sudden cold snap, high winds and thick fog.


Sudden cold weather and fog sees thousands of migrating birds plunge into the sea and drown off English coast

Migrating birds lost at sea

Fog and high winds kill migrating birds

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Photos Of Dead Sperm Whale Found In Gulf Raise Questions About Truth Of BP Oil Spill Disaster

Over two and a half years after the BP oil spill of April 2010, photos of a dead juvenile sperm whale taken in June 2010 were finally released.

The photos were suppressed by US government officials until now due to the ongoing nature of the investigation into the oil spill. Greenpeace was concerned about the lack of transparency of the government in regard to the extent of the impact of the oil spill on wildlife.

The cause of death was never officially determined; tests were done but results have never been released.

The article speaks to the idea that oil may have killed the whale, but no mention of the chemical corexit (used to contain the oil) was made.

Article and Photos:

Photos Of Dead Sperm Whale Found In Gulf Raise Questions About Truth Of BP Oil Spill Disaster (PHOTOS)

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Spread of the Zombie Bees

First identified by San Francisco State University biologist John Hafernik in 2008, bees infected by parasite flies are now labeled Zombie Bees. The parasites attach themselves to the bee’s body and begin eating the insides out of the bee. This causes the bee to abandon their hive at night and fly erratically, seeking a light source, then die.

Infected bees have been discovered in California, the Pacific northwest, South Dakota, Colorado, New York and Minnesota.

Hafernik started a web site called ZomBee Watch to track the spread of infected bees.

The extent to which the parasite contributes to overall Colony Collapse Disorder is currently unknown.


Zombie Bees Spread To California

ZomBee Watch

Zombie bees spread to Washington state

A New Threat to Honey Bees, the Parasitic Phorid Fly Apocephalus borealis

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Dead Loons in Michigan

Almost 300 loons and other fish-eating birds were found dead at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan.

The deaths have been attributed to botulism. This bacteria thrives in decaying oxygen-deprived algae mats, which are created when plankton-eating mussels cause the surface water to clear, allowing the sunlight to penetrate deeper in the water. Small fish called gobies travel through the algae mats and pick up the botulism bacteria, which infects the birds that eat the gobies.

Loons are water birds similar in size to a large duck; their defining characteristic is their distinctive call and violent mating dances. The common loon was declared a threatened species in Michigan in 1987.


300 dead loons at Sleeping Bear Dunes

Hundreds of bird deaths sound alarm on problems in the Great Lakes

Botulism Kills Hundreds of Lake Michigan Loons

Loon deaths in northern Michigan attributed to botulism

Common Loon (Gavia immer), Department of Natural Resources (Michigan)

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Thousands of Dead Fish and Birds on Lake Erie Shores

On Saturday, September 1, 2012, thousands of dead fish and some seagulls were discovered on a 25 mile stretch of the north shores of Lake Erie.

Testing of lake water on Saturday did not reveal an apparent cause for the deaths, which would rule out a sewage spill, manure dump or other pollutive factor. Samples of the dead fish and birds were also sent to a lab for analysis.

Officials are speculating that a ‘lake inversion’, a rolling-over of the lake which brings colder waters containing less oxygen to the surface, may have occurred.

Dead Fish, Birds Wash Up On Lake Erie Shores In Latest Mystery
Mystery deepens after thousands of fish and birds wash up dead on the Canada shore of Lake Erie
Tens of thousands of dead fish stink up Lake Erie shore

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Dead whales, sea lion wash up near Long Beach Peninsula

A sperm whale, a baby gray whale, a sea lion and several birds were found dead along the Long Beach Peninsula.

A storm system with high winds and heavy surf was blamed for the deaths.

Dead whales, sea lion wash up near Long Beach Peninsula
Dead whales wash up near Long Beach, WA

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90 whales stranded at Farewell Spit

Just a few days after 4 whales died after stranding in the Bay of Plenty, 90 pilot whales have stranded at Golden Bay at the top of the South Island in New Zealand.

Department of Conservation employees along with volunteers were trying to keep the whales alive in the hope that they would refloat when the high tide came in later that night.

According to a member of Project Jonah, which provides volunteers for strandings, Golden Bay is a notorious hot-spot for strandings.


90 whales stranded at Farewell Spit
Whales stranded off NZ’s Farewel Spit

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