Wolf, Dog, Hybrid Track Determinations

Below is information about determining wild canine species utilizing paw track information. As best as we are capable, much of this information is provided in both English and German languages – although the translations may be rough. Please see the attached/linked-to PDFs for charts and track comparisons and differences. From Wernher Gerhards, Bionics Press Center […]

A new species is evolving right before our eyes — an ultra-successful mix of wolves, coyotes and dogs

A new species combining wolves, coyotes and dogs is evolving before scientists’ eyes in the eastern United States. Wolves faced with a diminishing number of potential mates are lowering their standards and mating with other, similar species, reported The Economist. The interbreeding began up to 200 years ago, as European settlers pushed into southern Ontario […]

Canines Host to Abortion-Causing Parasite

Eventually, after submitting fetuses to the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for testing, the Koenses found the cause of their herd abortion problem to be Neospora caninum, a protozoan parasite that can affect a variety of large and small animal species, including cows, sheep, deer, goats and horses. The parasite causes a disease called neosporosis, which […]

A Serological Survey of Infectious Disease in Yellowstone National Park’s Canid Community

Emily S. Almberg, L. David Mech, Douglas W. Smith, Jennifer W. Sheldon, Robert L. Crabtree Abstract Background: Gray wolves (Canis lupus) were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park (YNP) after a .70 year absence, and as part of recovery efforts, the population has been closely monitored. In 1999 and 2005, pup survival was significantly reduced, suggestive […]

Neospora caninum is heartbreaker for cow/calf operators

A protozoan parasite that causes spontaneous abortions, stillborn calves and premature births in cattle is a growing concern in northern Minnesota. Neospora caninum (ka-ni-num) can enter a cowherd when wolves, coyotes, fox or dogs feed on placenta, dead calves or deer that contain the parasite. When the canines defecate, the parasite egg is transferred to […]