Rabies: How to Protect Yourself and Your Pets
... central nervous system; the disease can cause death in humans if it is not treated. Nearly 90 percent of cases occur in wild animals (raccoons, bats, foxes
etc.); less than 10% of cases occur in domestic animals like dogs or cats. Humans usually become infected when they are bitten by an infected animal. ...
Research on Fruit Bats
...ions at periods of roosting during the day. Flying foxes
often use exposed treetops as daytime roosts, wher...crobats (Microchiroptera) and fruit bats or flying foxes
(Megachiroptera). In contrast to microbats, fruit ... of only five percent cones. "The retina of flying foxes
is no evolutionary quirk, but conforms to the gene...
Introduced foxes transformed vegetation on Aleutian Islands from lush grasslands to tundra
Huge colonies of seabirds accustomed to nesting on islands free of predators began disappearing when fur traders started introducing foxes
onto islands in the Aleutian archipelago in the 18th century. The ground-nesting birds made easy meals for the foxes. A study published this week in the journal...
Scientists find formula to uncover our planet's past and help predict its future
Similarly they will be able to tackle ecological studies that are currently incomplete or distorted. Why do populations of animals like rabbits and foxes
fluctuate so dramatically? Which factors most heavily influence population decline and, eventually, lead to extinction?
Published in the June iss...
Minimizing the spread of deadly Hendra virus
...wever there are still key challenges to developing this type of advanced technology."
Although it is still not known how Hendra spreads from flying foxes
to horses, Dr Middleton says the key to preventing human exposure and the exposure of additional horses is first understanding the disease in horses a...
Big cats, wild pigs and short-eared dogs -- oh, my!
...es show jaguar prey species, such as white-lipped peccaries, and other rarely seen species, including two pictures of a short-eared dog, a relative of foxes
"The main threats to jaguars in Ecuador are habitat degradation and loss due to various human activities," said Espinosa. "Bushmeat hu...
New research reveals why chili peppers are hot
...that makes the peppers hot, drastically slows microbial growth and protects the fruit from Fusarium. And while capsaicin deters local mammals, such as foxes
and raccoons, from consuming the chilies, birds don't have the physiological machinery to detect the spicy chemical and continue to eat the peppers an...
Outdoor enthusiasts scaring off native carnivores in parks
...ight of us could frighten animals away from their homes, Reed said.
Between urban sprawl, agriculture and outdoor enthusiasts, coyotes, bobcats and foxes
may be hard pressed to find undisturbed areas. Outdoor recreation is on the rise around the world, especially in natural areas surrounding large urban...
Clovis-age overkill didn't take out California's flightless sea duck
...o smaller and more remote islands. Human population growth, the development of increasingly sophisticated watercraft, and the introduction of dogs and foxes
to the islands probably put greater pressure on the birds. Eventually, the flightless duck, like great auk in the North Atlantic, had no place to run....
UGA researchers find that hunting can increase the severity of wildlife disease epidemics
...le: fewer animals should result in reduced transmission of disease. Hunting has been used to control badger populations in England, rabies in European foxes
and chronic wasting disease in deer and elk populations in the American West. The researchers note that in each instance, disease outbreaks have worse...
Not just the birds
... of bird populations. We have clear evidence that foxes
influence the terrestrial plant community and ecos...the last 100-150 years, the introduction of arctic foxes
and Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) reduced the number of birds nesting on the islands.
were introduced in the late 1800's to maintain the...