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The Outdoorsman Bulletin Number 37

Category : Environmental, The Outdoorsman

Bulletin Number 37 January 2010

Dr. Valerius Geist’s Response to the Claims That Hydatid Disease Spread by Wolves Does Not Represent a Significant Threat to Humans

When the news broke that hydatid disease had established itself in the Northwest of the United States, I quickly responded, stating some of the precautions hunters should take in the field. As a Canadian field biologist I had been well instructed about hydatid disease in my training, which reinforced what I knew since childhood because a relative of mine died of hydatid disease.

During my career, friendships with medical people experienced with that disease reinforced what I knew. It’s nothing to fool around with! Consequently I am a bit concerned about recent statements that take a rather cavalier attitude towards the disease.

The pro and contra machinations pertaining to wolves are of little concern here. What is important is that people living or recreating in areas with hydatid disease take precautions, while steps have to be undertaken to eradicate the disease.

To those supporting wolf conservation, let me make it clear: if wolves are going to survive in the Northwest, it will be wolves without infestations with dog tape worms. On this point, ludicrous as it may seem today to some, all parties can and should unite.

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Two-Thirds of Idaho Wolf Carcasses Examined have Hydatid Disease Tapeworms

Category : Environmental, The Outdoorsman

Two-Thirds of Idaho Wolf Carcasses Examined Have Thousands of Hydatid Disease Tapeworms
By George Dovel

Hydatid cysts infect lungs, liver, and other internal organs of big game animals.  Michigan DNR Wildlife Disease Lab photo.

Hydatid cysts infecting moose or caribou lungs.  Photo courtesy of NW Territories Department of Environment and Natural Resources.