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Ben Jakobek with a sedated Moose in snow


If Dr. Benjamin Jakobek decides to write a book, I will be first in line to buy it. As he tells me about some of the projects he’s been a part of, including capturing and collaring muskox in Nunavik and working to transport caribou to a protected environment, he is a reminder to all of us aspiring veterinarians that we will one day have the capability and arguably, the responsibility, to help protect wild animals and places around the world....
Black bear walking through coniferous forest

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Mange is a parasitic skin disease found in free-ranging wildlife populations and has been increasingly reported in black bears over the last decade in New York State. This paper led by Cornell researchers describes the geographic, seasonal, and demographic factors associated with mange in NYS black bears.
A flock of Carmine Bee-eaters


An amazing sight — a colony of thousands of Carmine Bee-eaters in the Zambezi Region, Namibia caught on camera by Dr. Steve Osofsky, director of the Cornell Wildlife Health Center and professor at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
A flock of Snow and Canada Geese in a snowy field by Christine Bogdanowicz.

A new avian influenza, H5N1, is circulating rapidly across the country and affecting domestic chickens, wild birds and even mammals. Cornell's Dr. Krysten Schuler states that adding H5N1 as another stressor for birds whose lives are already challenged by climate change will start to have a broad-scale impact.
A Bison drinking water from the Yellowstone River by Christine Bogdanowicz

A new perspective piece from Cornell's Dr. Robin Radcliffe highlights the vital relationship between wildlife health and the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. 
A bull elk shown in Yellowstone National Park by Christine Bogdanowicz.

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This perspective piece, co-authored by Cornell's Dr. Robin Radcliffe, highlights how wildlife health is an important part of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, which guides wildlife management and conservation decisions in the U.S. and Canada, and is vital to its future.
A Moose shown walking in the woods.

Moose returned to New York in the 1980s, but their population hasn’t grown as scientists expected. Research teams, including those at Cornell University and the Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station, are studying whether ecological and/or disease issues are causing this stagnation in moose population growth.
A graphic representation of the Atlantic flyway by Chloe Lam

As part of a collaborative network, Cornell scientists are helping to track and detect highly pathogenic avian influenza in New York State. Cornell's Dr. Krysten Schuler notes that in addition to migratory birds, other wild birds can also be infected, such as bald eagles, owls, and other birds of prey.
A tri-colored bat being examined.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing listing the tricolored bat as endangered after its population declined due to white-nose syndrome. Cornell's Dr. Elizabeth Buckles notes that the tricolored bat in particular has been in trouble for a long time and that this decision is long overdue.
An image of a waterfall reflected in a globe made of glass.

In a large-scale effort to reduce human infectious diseases and conserve human and animal life, researchers have collated and reviewed the evidence for 46 solutions that aim to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.