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Wildlife vet says don’t blame wolves for tapeworm

[large thumbnail url=”wildlife-vet-says-dont-blame-wolves-for-tapeworm” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”10″] [thumbnail icon url=”wildlife-vet-says-dont-blame-wolves-for-tapeworm” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”10″] The wolves of the northern Rocky Mountains are getting sick from the parasitic tapeworm Echinococcus – Mark Johnson, the veterinarian who oversaw the health of the wolves prior to their reintroduction says it was definitely not something the wolves brought with them.

HELENA, MT — The wolf reintroduction debate in Montana has a new thread – with tapeworms winding their way into the discussion. A recent study found some wolves tested in the region were infected with Echinococcus – a type of parasite found in wild and domestic dogs. The tapeworm survives via a ‘predator-prey’ cycle, and reintroduced wolves are being blamed for bringing the tapeworm with them.

Wildlife veterinarian Mark Johnson, founder of Global Wildlife Services, oversaw the health of the wolves before they were reintroduced. He says the wolves aren’t to blame.

“We treated every wolf at least twice with an injection of praziquantel. Those wolves did not have Echinococcus when they came in.”

Read the entire article on the KPAX-TV Web site: Vet says don’t blame wolves for tapeworm

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