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  •  Not a biologist, thanks, though I once hoped to be (1+ / 0-)
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    an epidemiologist for Texas Department of Health.

    I'm just a fifty-something Texan brought up on a farm and upset at the loss of our native bighorns, really. But it might be something other than the ibex, too; it's not like they're the only "exotic game" species we've ever brought to Texas or the Southwest. If your state has a health department with some zoonosis folks, they'll be able to point you at the right people to get an answer.

    I know a few years back the population crash had the TWPD working overtime to find a cause. Now we're in another multi-year killer drought, so it may be worse.

    Please, pursue whatever avenues you can think of -- state game folks, or state health department, or a veterinarian you know, or somebody in ag science and wildlife management down at Sul Ross State University in the Big Bend, or somebody -- heck, I dunno, somebody at Los Alamos?

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 09:19:41 PM PDT

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    •  actually, I have already begun. . . (2+ / 0-)
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      the process, by sending out emails to some of the sources you just mentioned, but a few people I know (who are scientists, though not in this field) who also know other scientists in related fields. The U of T (Austin, right?) is another source I contacted and I am sure their departments of agriculture and such will have loads of information on this problem. Like you, I am a big desert Bighorn groupie. We have very healthy herds in the Grand Canyon, mainly because there is no predation on their species, and so far there are no outbreaks of any infectious diseases culling their rank and file. I likely will get back in touch with you at your profile email address given whatever I find. Feel free to contact me the same way and we can discuss our mutual interest. You sound like a very interesting person, given your field of study, and I am glad to have met you in such a way as merely posting a diary, then reading comments from a variety of folks, like you, who have 'learned' me a thing or two or three.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 06:15:46 AM PDT

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      •  Glad to hear it. I think I'll drop a line to a (0+ / 0-)

        vet who still works for DSHS in Canyon.

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

        by BlackSheep1 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 08:57:27 AM PDT

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        •  and let me know what you find out. . . (2+ / 0-)
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          OK? Your friend, the vet, may have some answers. I'm meeting my friend for lunch, tomorrow, who is also my cat's vet, and I think he can also enlighten me to the problem and possible solutions.

          Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

          by richholtzin on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 09:14:48 AM PDT

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          •  I'll do that, if you will. (1+ / 0-)
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            He's referred the question to a colleague at the regional Department of State Health Services office out in El Paso.

            LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

            by BlackSheep1 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 03:13:09 PM PDT

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