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Bald Eagles feeding on a carcass left by a hunter by Chelsea Geyer, NYSDEC Wildlife technician

There is no safe level of lead for any wildlife species, and a hunter’s ammunition choice can mean life or death for scavenging wildlife.
Histo slide of a newt's skin; examples of a normal and necrosis affected sample

When the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab investigates mortalities in wildlife, our specially trained pathologists use diagnostic tools to crack the case....
A juvenile bald eagle shown on an exam table for a necropsy to begin

What do you call the post-mortem examination of an animal? The appropriate term is “necropsy,” derived from necro (“death”)….

"Bobcat Fever" (Cytauxzoon felis) is an emerging disease caused by a blood parasite that can affect domestic cats. Cornell Wildlife Health Center scientists are developing a diagnostic test to evaluate its distribution in New York, and determine if and how bobcat and domestic cat health may be connected.
Fox in a field

In this feature article, Wildlife Watchers, learn how Cornell Wildlife Health Center scientists are turning discoveries into real-world solutions, and how our research and surveillance protects nature across New York State.
Snowy owl

In the last few years, Cornell has confirmed two snowy owl deaths from pigeon herpesvirus, which was likely transmitted from a pigeon meal. Our lab has worked with our virologists to develop a DNA based test for the virus, making it a useful diagnostic tool when testing raptors for the disease.