Wildlife in the news

CWD reaches Wyoming’s Green River Basin

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A contagious neurological disease that causes elk, deer and moose to wither away and die has spread to Wyoming’s Green River Basin.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that Wyoming Game and Fish Department technicians found a dead mule deer doe near the Pinedale Airport that tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The disease has been found in Star Valley, near Dubois and within Green River city limits, but never before farther north in the river basin.

The presence of the disease near Pinedale suggests the disease may head to the currently uninfected area of Jackson Hole.

Wyoming’s chronic wasting disease management plan calls for officials to reassess feeding operations and consult with wildlife officials when the disease shows up near a feedground.

Weather starting to bring out bears in Montana

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Black bears and grizzly bears have started leaving their dens as spring weather has taken hold in western Montana.

The Missoulian reports Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says residents should avoid attracting bears by taking down bird feeders, not leaving out garbage and cleaning up chicken and livestock feed.

Wildlife biologists say they’ve set a trap for one bear that’s been spotted recently in Arlee but have had no luck catching the animal.

After a long winter hibernation, bears are seeking out new grass and other vegetation to get their digestive systems up and running again.

Agency officials warn residents to be on the lookout for both bears and mountain lions this spring.

They also are reminding people that it’s illegal to intentionally feed those animals in Montana.

10 dolphins safe after being stranded

DUXBURY, Mass. (AP) — Animal rescuers have saved 10 of 12 dolphins that were stranded along the Massachusetts shoreline.

The Boston Globe reports the stranding in Duxbury was reported around 5 p.m. last Sunday. Six dolphins were able to get back into the water as the tide rose. Rescuers managed to help two others return to deeper water, but two died.

A spokesman for the New England Aquarium says rescuers didn’t have time to examine the animals because of the urgency required to get them back into the water.

International Fund for Animal Welfare officials say a team collected and released another two dolphins found stranded in Barnstable around 4:30 p.m. The dolphins were healthy.

Officials say the IFAW has rescued a total of 152 stranded animals this year.

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