Nev. – The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is continuing its efforts to
monitor cases of Botulism within the Truckee Meadows area, and specifically in
the Carson Lake Wetlands.
disease is often fatal in birds, but is not harmful to humans,” said Russell Woolstenhulme, Migratory Game Bird Staff
Biologist at NDOW.
temporary treatment facility has been constructed at Carson Lake Wetlands to
assist in the rehabilitation of diseased birds. The Carson Lake Wetlands is a U.S
Bureau of Reclamation property, managed by NDOW and is located south of Fallon,
have proven to be successful for many shorebirds and ducks,” said NDOW Wildlife
Staff Specialist Mike Zahradka.
together with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Greenhead Hunting Club and numerous
volunteers, is actively trying to keep the area clear from future contamination
have been working daily since the outbreak was detected, including weekends and
holidays, to help alleviate the situation,” said Zahradka. “Some days
we’ve had as many as four airboats to assist with the clean-up. Our efforts are
ongoing and this situation will likely continue for a few more weeks until
water temperatures cool off.”
This is a type C botulism outbreak which is usually triggered when
summer temperatures climb above 90° and water levels start to drop. These
conditions can cause a decrease in water oxygen levels, which can kill fish and
water insects allowing the botulism bacteria to enter a rapid growth phase that
leads to toxin production. Ducks and
other water birds pick up the bacteria through feeding and often die. Affected birds will be weak, unable to fly,
walk or swim.
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