West Nile http://wyomingpublicradio.net en Researchers try curbing West Nile with fish, to protect sage grouse http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/researchers-try-curbing-west-nile-fish-protect-sage-grouse <p>One of the main things that threatens sage grouse is human development and fragmentation of their habitat. But another big worry is West Nile Virus.</p><p>The disease is carried by mosquitoes, and researchers are now testing a new method for keeping mosquitoes in check. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden spoke with Brad Fedy, who’s leading the project. He says West Nile Virus is a major concern for sage grouse.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 22:26:26 +0000 Willow Belden 44763 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Researchers try curbing West Nile with fish, to protect sage grouse Researchers see fish as possible tool to protect sage grouse http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/researchers-see-fish-possible-tool-protect-sage-grouse <p>Researchers are testing a new method to keep mosquitoes under control, in order to reduce the risk of sage grouse contracting West Nile Virus.</p><p>They’re introducing non-invasive fat-head minnows into stock ponds in northeastern Wyoming, because the fish like to eat mosquito larvae.</p><p>Brad Fedy is leading the project. He says fish may turn out to be a better solution than traditional larvicides, because you’d only have to introduce them once, rather than spraying an area annually.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:14:55 +0000 Willow Belden 44526 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Researchers see fish as possible tool to protect sage grouse Wyomingites asked to report dead sage grouse http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyomingites-asked-report-dead-sage-grouse <p>The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking all Wyoming residents to report dead sage grouse they find so the birds can be tested for West Nile virus.</p><p>Sage grouse have low resistance to the disease and it usually kills infected birds.</p><p>Tom Christiansen with Game and Fish says there is no sign yet of an outbreak in the state this year.A recent limited survey in the Powder River Basin detected only low numbers of a particular type of mosquito known to carry the disease.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 22:24:58 +0000 The Associated Press 27617 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyomingites asked to report dead sage grouse