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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Health officials say mosquitoes trapped in an area of central Ohio have tested positive for the West Nile virus. Franklin County Public Health says the infected mosquito pool is in Norwich Township near the Columbus suburb of Hilliard. Health officials say the pool was identified in a surveillance of traps set up to monitor the mosquito population. (Ohio…

DNA from Ohio zoo’s polar bears used in fight against poaching

Scientists are trying to perfect a new, more accurate DNA test for bears and benefited from the Columbus Zoo’s controlled samples from a known family of animals. The reference data illustrate how genetic patterns change in a population over time. It could someday pin down criminals who harm polar bears, which are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act, on which the bears are listed as threatened.

Utah wildlife official named acting head of U.S. Fish and Wildlife

(Bears Ears National Monument Facebook photo)SALT LAKE CITY — The head of Utah’s wildlife management division has been tapped as deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a newly created position where he’ll serve as acting head of the agency until a director is named and confirmed. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appointed Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Director Greg…