Investigating disease outbreak in bighorn sheep

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Desert bighorn sheep – Photo by Regina Vu

The San Gorgonio Mountains in Southern California are home to a population of desert bighorn sheep.  At least 20 bighorn have died in the past few months.  Click on the link below to learn more about what is being done to investigate the causes of the mortality event, and the important collaborative roles played by California Fish and Wildlife field biologists and veterinarians, land owners, California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory, and volunteers.

https://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2019/01/17/bighorn-sheep-dying-california-desert/2603545002/

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Working together to investigate mange in San Joaquin kit fox

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San Joaquin kit fox with mange

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San Joaquin kit fox female and pup

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All photos provided by Jaime Rudd

 

Work continues in investigating the deadly mange infestation in the endangered San Joaquin kit fox.  Endangered Species Recovery Program and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Investigations Laboratory are collaborating efforts to research the local population in Bakersfield.

To learn more and to find out how you can help, please click on the link below.

https://bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/deadly-mange-decimating-local-kit-fox-population

View your Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) results online today!

A big shout out and thank you to all the hunters who helped boost our CWD surveillance numbers in 2018. The results are in and have been posted on our CWD webpage. If you submitted a sample for testing, you can look up your individual results using the document number on your deer tag (e.g. D-0029999999-0).

With your help, we were able to test over 200 animals throughout the state for CWD. Fortunately, the prion was not detected in any of the samples submitted to the Wildlife Investigations Laboratory. Our job is not over though, and neither is yours. Good surveillance is the only way to continue to ensure the safety of California’s deer and elk herds. To get defensible data we need more samples from hunters like you. If you did not bring your deer or elk in for sampling this year, please consider bringing your animal in for sampling at one of our hunter check stations or CDFW Regional offices during the 2019 hunt season. The details can all be found on our webpage closer to the opening of the season.

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