October 1, 2013 at 3:54 am #575MikeKeymaster
from bridget – 09/24/2004′, ‘This is one of the first animal die-off mysteries that really caught my attention.
There was a follow-up story in the Arizona Republic, which was a
bunch of back peddeling.
Keep in mind, Elk are one of the most hardy of creatures.
Also note one of the Dolphin mystery deaths that I recently posted,
was that of the saw tooth dolphine. Thee Dolphine are very deep
water creatures, no “red Tide” could have done that devistation.
people against chemtrails, Phoenix Chapter.
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Here is something I think may well be worth watching, unexplained
wildlife deaths. Here in Phx, we have experienced large number of
bird die-offs. Even people who are not tuned in to CT’s, have
expressed concern, in the Tempe area re: large number of bird
deaths. Someone of us might want to do a search in Republic or
Tribune archives using keyword search ie bird deaths or something
similar. I’m just a’thinkin. Bridget
— In firstname.lastname@example.org, cheskaboo@a… wrote:
Archive Number 20040228.0620
Published Date 28-FEB-2004
Subject PRO/AH/EDR> Undiagnosed deaths, cervids – USA (WY): RFI
UNDIAGNOSED DEATHS, CERVIDS – USA (WYOMING): REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
Date: 27 Feb 2004
From: Sharon Minnick <slminnick>
Source: The Denver Post [edited]
Unexplained elk deaths in Wyo. leave wildlife officials puzzled
Elk are dying by the hundreds on the high, dry plains south of
Rawlins, Wyo., puzzling veterinarians who suspect some kind of poison is to
In the last 3 weeks, about 275 elk, mostly breeding-age cows in
prime condition, have been found either dead or paralyzed in a 3-square-
mile area just north of the Colorado border.
“They go to lie down, and then they can’t get up,” Wyoming Game and
Fish Department spokesman Tom Reed said Thursday. “Their heads are up and
they bark at you when you approach. But they can’t move.”
State biologists are euthanizing the stricken animals and have
examined about a dozen carcasses in an attempt to find the cause of the
Whatever is killing the elk has yet to affect the horses, cows,
calves, and antelope observed in the area. Scavengers like coyotes, ravens, or
magpies that are feeding on the carcasses also appear to be immune.
“Elk are the tough guys of our big- game species, and here’s
something that’s targeting them and taking them out,” Reed said.
State wildlife veterinarians have already ruled out diseases such as
chronic wasting disease, worms, or paralyzing bacteria sometimes
carried by ticks.
Instead, they are focusing on natural or man-made toxins as the most
likely cause of the die-off.
“There’s a railroad, a coal-bed methane project, and oil and gas
wells in the area,” Reed said, adding that some local plants, particularly
greasewood and Russian thistle, also contain compounds that can be
toxic to wildlife. “We’re looking at everything.”
But pathologists are quickly narrowing their search. Tests have
ruled out salt poisoning, insecticides, fertilizers, sulfates, and heavy
metals including arsenic, selenium, and thallium.
Reed said game officers will attempt to transport several of the ill
animals to the state wildlife research station in Sybille, Wyo., for
further study. Meanwhile, the agency is asking that people avoid
Mass die-offs of wildlife are not uncommon in severe Wyoming
winters, but this one has been mild, biologists say.
In 1983, 700 antelope died in the same area after a strong snowstorm
pushed them up against an illegal, 28-mile chain-link fence erected by a
local rancher. The incident outraged wildlife lovers and led to a federal
court order banning such hazards.
This is the biggest non-winter-related wildlife die-off that anyone
can remember, Reed said.
The area’s rolling plain of sagebrush and greasewood provides
critical winter range for elk and antelope, said Steve Torbit, a wildlife
biologist with the National Wildlife Federation. The conservation group
successfully sued to have the rancher’s fence removed.
“It’s really strange that this is happening exactly where we had
that battle,” Torbit said.
[Byline: Theo Stein]
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