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Old 08-29-2009, 11:38 PM   #1
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Default Society, Wildlife Disease And Wildlife Conservation: Oxymoron Or Evolutionary Siblings?

Society, Wildlife Disease And Wildlife Conservation: Oxymoron Or Evolutionary Siblings?

ScienceDaily (Aug. 3, 2009) Over the past 50 years, the field of wildlife disease as an issue for concern has exploded in significance, mostly because of the increased realization that most emerging human diseases are "zoonotic," that is, diseases that can spread from people to other animals or vice-versa. USGS emeritus scientist Dr. Milt Friend, in an invited talk at the Wildlife Disease Association conference, will explore how and why the field of wildlife disease research has changed over the last 50 years.

Society, Wildlife Disease And Wildlife Conservation: Oxymoron Or Evolutionary Siblings?
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One of the biggest differences, says Friend, is that until very recently, wildlife disease was not an important focus for the wildlife conservation community. "Now, though, a new wave of social environmentalism and public concerns about emerging zoonotic diseases are placing increased pressure on wildlife agencies to address disease 'crises' involving wildlife," Friend says.

He emphasizes, however, that emerging zoonotic diseases often result in double jeopardy for wildlife: not only do wildlife often suffer direct negative effects from a disease, they also endure indirect effects associated with actions taken to reduce human risks by suppressing wildlife populations.
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