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Saving salamanders from amphibian killer may take extreme measures

Experience from outbreaks of lethal Bd fungus may help defend North America’s salamander paradise

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4:25pm, February 13, 2016
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SAVE OUR SALAMANDERS  North American biologists hope a new import ban — and help from citizen scientists — will defend the continent’s extraordinary diversity of salamanders, like this Ensatina salamander, from deadly Bsal fungus.

WASHINGTON — North America, a Garden of Eden for salamanders, faces a dire threat from a recently discovered fungal disease. But biologists say that lessons learned from the last worldwide wave of amphibian die-offs are helping to rush a new animal import ban and other measures into effect that could prevent the introduction and spread of the deadly disease here.

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