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This limping elk was photographed east of Castle Rock in June. The elk’s left rear hoof is misshapen from hoof rot disease.

WSU convenes first elk-hoof disease meeting 

WILDLIFE -- Looking for a diagnosis and cure that state wildlife scientists weren't able to deliver, the 2017 Washington Legislature shifted authority for research on elk hoof disease from the Department of Fish and Wildlife to Washington State University. The first meeting in the new...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 6, 2016

A bighorn ram photographed at the National Bison Range in western Montana. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Bison Range bighorns falling to pneumonia

WILDLIFE -- Breeding season is kicking into gear for bighorns at the National Bison Range, but an alarming number of the wild sheep are dying from disease. An outbreak of pneumonia has killed at least 37 bighorn sheep on the federal wildlife refuge north of...

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This dead Indiana bat,  found in an abandoned mine in Rosendale, N.Y., died of white-nose syndrome.  (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Bat with white-nose syndrome found in Washington

WILDLIFE – White-nose syndrome has been confirmed in a little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) found near North Bend. It's the first recorded occurrence of this devastating bat disease in western North America. Following are details from a media release by the agencies involved -- the...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2016

Mule deer

Another deer disease on researchers' radar

WILDLIFE -- Research is helping identify and monitor diseases, such as bluetongue, hoof rot and chronic wasting disease, which have the potential to do great harm to the country's big-game populations. But so far, there's been little progress in finding solutions. Mule deer study in...

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