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Too many endangered species, too little time


An extinct frog, a mysterious bat disease, and more in today's news:

Sick Bats - Thousands of American bats have fallen victim to a mysterious, deadly disease over the last few weeks. One species at risk is the endangered Indiana bat, which Heartwood director Mark Donham calls "one catastrophe from extinction."

Waving Good-bye - Say farewell to the Panamanian golden frog, which recently waved good-bye to TV cameras for Sir David Attenborough's latest nature series. The chytrid fungus killing off amphibians worldwide infected the last golden frog habitat late last year, and scientists grabbed the last few non-infected frogs and removed them to the safety of captivity. The species is now believed to be extinct in the wild.

Too Little, Too Late? - Coho salmon have regained endangered species status in Oregon ... just in time for populations to suddenly disappear in California.

Cougarcide - Lawmakers in Washington state want to once again start statewide hunting of the critically endangered North American cougar -- with dogs. This despite evidence that cougar populations are on the decline in the state. Like the similar debate over wolves, it seems to be ranchers and trophy hunters calling for cougar blood.

FIV - A new study of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) in wild lions shows how the virus has undergone substantial genetic recombination -- which is actually a good thing, as it gives scientists more information to fight both FIV and HIV.

Just Found, Already Endangered - New species are being found all the time. Once found, they prove to be so rare that they need immediate protection. Case in point, a newly discovered species of uakari monkey.

Let's hope there isn't this much news tomorrow...