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 […]

“Wolf Hydatid Disease in Coyotes, Foxes and other Canines”

Read About this Life Threatening Disease. Use Proper PPE when dealing with Wild Canines!  “Mitochondrial DNA testing has proven that the Eastern Coyote is actually a Hybrid. Sometime in the past, a Canadian Wolf mated with an Eastern coyote and each blood sample taken from numerous live trapped coyotes in most eastern states contained Canadian Wolf […]

Echinococcus Granulosus

This article is about the tapeworm. For the infection, see echinococcosis. Echinococcus granulosus, also called the hydatid worm, hyper tape-worm or dog tapeworm, is a cyclophyllid cestode that parasitizes the small intestine of canids as an adult, but which has important intermediate hosts such as livestock and humans, where it causes cystic echinococcosis, also known […]

Hydatid Cysts Found Heavily Infesting the Lungs of a Recently Harvested Elk

The below photos are gruesome but importantly relevant to residents and hunters in the Northern Rocky Mountain region, as well as all regions of this country where wild canines exist. These photos were taken of the lungs from an elk that was recently killed during an elk hunt, archery I believe, somewhere just northeast of […]

Alaska Department of Fish and Game: Cystic Hydatid Disease

What causes hydatid disease? *Cystic hydatid disease is caused by the larvae of the tapeworm Echinococcus granulosus. *Lifecycle: The tapeworm needs two hosts: a carnivore (e.g., wolf or dog) and a herbivore (e.g., caribou). The adult tapeworm grows and lays eggs in the intestines of the carnivore. The eggs come out in the carnivore’s droppings […]