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Study Finds the Spread of Rabies in North American Raccoons

A new study has detailed how initial demographic, ecological and genetic processes simultaneously shaped the spread of rabies virus in North American raccoons. A raccoon is a mammal native to the Americas. Although raccoons are common throughout North America, their impact as a rab...

Scientists find mercury threatens next generation of loons

...he nest than normally behaving birds. Unattended nests have a higher rate of failure due to either chilling of the eggs or predation by minks, otters, raccoons and other egg robbers. With behavioral observations from 1,529 loon territories between 1996 and 2005, researchers found that loon pairs with elev...

MultiVu Video Feed: PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS CONVENE TO DISCUSS THE TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF RABIES

...stimated fifty to sixty thousand people die of rabies in the world each year and there are still cases of rabies in the United States. Wildlife, like raccoons and skunks, are among the most common carriers of rabies in the US, and public health officials are working to vaccinate wildlife against the disease....

Wildlife Sightings on the Rise in California

...o feed deer, which attracts mountain lions. -- Avoid landscaping with plants that deer like to eat. -- Bring pet food inside to avoid attracting raccoons or opossums, which are mountain lion prey. -- Do not approach a wild animal or run away from one. Do scream or fight back if an animal attac...
Raccoons in Medical Technology

Rabies Vaccination Program Underway in Western Pennsylvania

...arly 60 percent over the past five years." Wildlife rabies accounts for more than 90 percent of the reported rabies cases in the United States, with raccoons accounting for more than half of this total. Although the primary focus is to vaccinate raccoons, other animals -- including dogs, cats, cattle, horse...
Raccoons in Biological News

Some migratory birds can't find success in urban areas, study finds

...y urban areas are so hostile to some kinds of birds. Most ecologists have assumed that common nest predators in urban areas such as house cats and raccoons were destroying eggs or killing young birds in greater numbers than in rural areas, said Amanda Rodewald, co-author of the study and associate profes...

Giant panda genome to be sequenced

...genome, and is thought to have 20,00030,000 genes. Taxonomy and genetic studies indicate that the giant panda is most closely related to bears, not to raccoons as was once considered, given their unique physical characteristics. The Giant Panda is the logo and flagship species for the World Wide Fund for N...

Ecologists discover city is 'uber-forest' for big owls

...rban and suburban neighborhoods. Urban wildlife numbers have been increasing in recent decades, notably in populations of squirrels, Canada geese, raccoons and deer, but the appearance of significant urban populations of barred owls, the third largest owl species in the US, is a surprise to many biologist...

Jefferson researchers building a better rabies vaccine

...ealth problem in the United States. It is particularly prevalent along the East Coast, where more than 90 percent of reported cases occur in wildlife. raccoons are the most affected, with skunks a close second. Worldwide--and especially in underdeveloped nations--rabies takes a large human toll; more than 60,...

Rabies spread speeds up

... Though most rabies fatalities in the United States stem from bat bites, far more people are treated for raccoon rabies. In 1990, raccoons topped the list of most often reported rabid mammal. Controlling the spread of rabies depends on predicting the spatial dynamics of the disease - wher...
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