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Using wolves as first responders against a deadly brain disease

Some scientists say that the predators are essential to curbing the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease because they pick off weak deer.
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Toxics

There are more viruses than stars in the universe. Why do only some infect us?

More than a quadrillion quadrillion individual viruses exist on Earth, but most are not poised to hop into humans. Can we find the ones that are?
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Tiger tests positive for coronavirus at Bronx Zoo, first known case in the world

The big cat is the first known case of a non-domesticated animal with COVID-19 symptoms—and is one of seven sick tigers at the New York zoo.
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Scientists hunt for the next potential coronavirus animal host

Some scientists warn there’s a small but real possibility the virus could take refuge in a new animal host and reintroduce it to humans in the future.
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A quiet plague outbreak has been killing Yellowstone’s cougars for years

While the world reels from coronavirus, big cats of the U.S. West are succumbing to their own pathogen, which can be spread to people.
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What are zoonotic diseases?

Zoonotic diseases, which pass from animals to humans, kill millions of people every year. Where do they come from and how can we avoid them?
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Trafficked pangolins can carry coronaviruses closely related to pandemic strain

Scientists and advocates say this new research is yet another reason to crack down on the illegal trade in these scaly mammals.
Biodiversity

Tropical snakes disappear as fungal outbreak decimates their prey

The chytrid fungus has devastated amphibians around the world; a new study shows it can drive their predators, like snakes, extinct as well.
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Veterinary drugs are wreaking havoc on wildlife worldwide

Millions of pounds of antimicrobials end up in livestock each year, seeping into the environment and harming species like dung beetles.
Biodiversity

Amphibian 'apocalypse' caused by most destructive pathogen ever

For decades, a silent killer has slaughtered frogs and salamanders around the world by eating their skins alive. Now, a global team of 41 scientists has announced that the chytrid fungus has damaged global biodiversity more than any other disease ever recorded.

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Originals

Peter Dykstra: Of sports and endangered species

Wolverine range in the U.S. has declined substantially.

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'Kitty litter' parasite is wiping out Earth’s rarest seal

As rain washes feral cats’ poop into the ocean, it introduces Hawaiian monk seals to deadly diseases.
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Ground zero of amphibian 'apocalypse' finally found

An ancient skin-eating fungus is killing off hundreds of species—and the Korean War may have helped spread it.
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This Florida hospital is saving sea turtles with cutting-edge technology

In past years, more than half of the green sea turtles admitted had large tumors caused by a disease scientists have linked to pollution.
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