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Michigan Pathologist Seeks Causes Of Animal Deaths

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(WLNS)  - When authorities want to know why an animal died, they often turn to Tom Cooley.

The wildlife biologist and pathologist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is responsible for identifying what killed all kinds of wildlife.

According to our media partners at MLive, Michigan opened a pathology lab in 1933 to uncover why wild animals die, in order to discover potential epidemics and environmental threats to the state's wildlife.

Cooley became the state's pathologist 35 years ago and says he's seen a wide variety of animals come through the lab near Michigan State University's campus. The lab normally doesn't handle fish or reptiles but has dealt with several turtles in recent months.

He says the snapping turtles suffered from temperature shifts affecting their metabolism, making it difficult to digest food.

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