Reporting unusual numbers of sick native animals

When we think about fauna becoming extinct it is often associated with activities such as clearing their habitat. Another factor to consider is disease. Frogs have declined due to the introduced chytrid fungus. Psittacine (beak and feather) circoviral disease in parrots and cockatoos is listed as a key threatening process.

Normally when we see a dead animal (depending where we find it) we assume it has died of old age or been hit by a car or attacked buy another animal. If you see an unusual number of sick or dead native animals it is worth reporting it to theUniversity of Melbourne’s Faculty of Veterinary Science. Be very careful if you are handling or disposing of dead animals.

They have set up the Australian Wildlife Health Network (AWHN) to collect baseline information about wildlife health. Newsletters are put out on a regular basis.

They would appreciate your help with the following:

  1. Reporting sick and dead free ranging wildlife for investigation
  2. Sending photos and videos of wildlife health events including the date, location, species, and your contact information. Photos and videos can be emailed to wildlifehealth-vic@unimelb.edu.au

The link is http://www.vet.unimelb.edu.au/wildlifehealthsurveillancevic/ 

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