Recolonizing gray wolves increase parasite infection risk in their prey

Abstract The recent recolonization of Central Europe by the European gray wolf (Canis lupus) provides an opportunity to study the dynamics of parasite transmission for cases when a definitive host returns after a phase of local extinction. We investigated whether a newly established wolf population increased the prevalence of those parasites in ungulate intermediate hosts […]

A Brief History of Human/Predator Conflicts and Potent Lessons

By Dr. Valerius Geist – Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Habituation, Taming, Social Dominance Assertions, and “Freedom of the Woods”

By Dr. Valerius Geist – Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Science and Scholarship Abused, and the Counter-Productive “Conservation” of Wolves in North America and Europe

By Dr. Valerius Geist – Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Hydatid Disease: Letter to Montana Legislature’s Environmental Quality Council

To: Montana Legislature’s Environmental Quality Council Attention: Hope Stockwell, Research Analyst, Environmental Policy Office, Montana Legislative Services Division; 406-444-1640; hstockwell@mt.gov From: Valerius Geist, Profesor Emeritus of Environmental Science, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada April 27th 2010 Re: Hydatid disease There is a fair amount of technical literature available on hydatid disease. However, this […]

Himalayan Wolf Attack of a Twelve-Year-Old Case at High Altitude

Abstract: Introduction: Animal attack is a major public health problem worldwide with mortality reported to the centre for disease control and prevention. In the United States, a person is more likely to be killed by an animal than from lightning strike. Wolves are apex predators and have attacked humans since antiquity. Wolf attacks remain a […]

Effects of Wolves and Other Predators on Farms in Wisconsin: Beyond Verified Losses

The following was taken from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources:  

Helminth-Cestode: Echinococcus granulosus and Echinococcus mutilocularis

Characteristics of Echinococcus and life cycle Echinococcus spp are cestode parasites belonging to the family Taeniidae. All taeniid parasites have complex life cycles that include a carnivorous definitive host and a second mammalian intermediate host in which the larval or metacestode develops. It is the larval stage that is pathogenic to humans and other mammals. […]

Genetic diversity and phylogeography of highly zoonotic Echinococcus granulosus genotype G1 in the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico) based on 8279 bp of mtDNA

*Staff Note* – Although this is a study for purchase, some readers may be interested in its content. Abstract Echinococcus granulosus is a taeniid cestode and the etiological agent of an infectious zoonotic disease known as cystic echinococcosis (CE) or hydatid disease. CE is a serious public health concern in many parts of the world, […]

Wolf Conservation Through Stakeholder Management In Germany

Abstract: With growing wolf populations in Germany, compensatory damages is a common means for coping with additional economic burdens posed to livestock herders. Since their effectiveness is largely criticised when solely implemented, it is highly relevant to combine this financial instrument with an incentive to reduce wolf depredation on livestock. It is therefore commonly endorsed […]