Factsheet Describes USGS Strategy for Addressing Emerging Wildlife Disease
A newly released USGS Factsheet describes a proactive approach for responding to the amphibian fungal pathogen Bsal, or Batrachochytrium salamandrivoran, which has caused salamander die-offs in Europe. This pathogen has the potential to worsen already severe worldwide amphibian declines. Although not yet detected in the United States, the spread of Bsal will likely lead to more State and federally listed threatened or endangered amphibian species, and associated economic effects. Because of the concern expressed by resource management agencies, the USGS has made Bsal and similar pathogens a priority for research. USGS knowledge of the threat of Bsal offers a unique chance to develop and implement a coordinated response before observing any significant negative biological and economic effects. The Factsheet also describes USGS actions already taken to address Bsal and key facts about Bsal and amphibians.
Adams, M.J., Harris, M.C., Grear, D.A., 2017, Early Action for an Emerging Wildlife Disease: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet Fact Sheet 2017-3013 p. 2, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20173013. [Details]