Tag: screwworm

September 21, 2018

The Return of an odious invader — from The Wildlife Professional

Cooperation to conquer screwworm and protect Key deer Imagine happening upon an animal through a cloud of flies and the smell of decay, its body full of wriggling maggots as...

August 31, 2018

The Sept/Oct issue of The Wildlife Professional

The latest issue of The Wildlife Professional salutes conservation successes, starting with our cover feature, Ready for Release — Rebound of the Kirtland’s Warbler. The population of the tiny bird...

December 27, 2016

As screwworm population decreases, Key deer death rates slow

Efforts to conserve the federally endangered Key deer (Odocoileus virginianus clavium) are proving largely successful, thanks to the release of sterile screwworm flies and medication. In October, the U.S. Department...

October 14, 2016

Flesh-eating maggots threaten endangered Key deer

Endangered deer in the Florida Keys are suffering grizzly deaths from an infestation of flesh-eating maggots. The parasites, known as New World screwworms (Cochliomyia hominivorax), are the larvae of flies...