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Predicted Wildlife Disease-Related Climate Change Impacts of Specific Concern to USDA APHIS Wildlife Services

  • Author(s): Algeo, Timothy P.
  • Chipman, Richard B.
  • Slate, Dennis
  • Freier, Jerome E.
  • DeLiberto, Thomas J.
  • et al.
Abstract

USDA APHIS Wildlife Services plans for and responds to a variety of exigencies such as wildlife hazards to aircraft, disease emergence from wildlife translocations, oral rabies vaccine barrier compromises, and extreme weather events. These are often collaborative efforts with state and federal agencies and others. Climate change based in part on fossil fuel use and methane gas emissions has predictable as well as unknown consequences. As a federal leader in wildlife disease research and management, it is incumbent upon Wildlife Services to be current with the scientific literature; assess potential impacts and wildlife disease management intervention needs from predicted climate change scenarios; and outline a plan of preparedness to meet a variety of potential exigencies.

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