Monthly Archive: November 2012

Ecological Concern; Diagnostic Challenge: Secondary Rodenticide Toxicity in Predatory Birds 1

Ecological Concern; Diagnostic Challenge: Secondary Rodenticide Toxicity in Predatory Birds

In late April, 2012, an American kestrel found on the railway line was submitted by the local municipality to Western/Northern Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre (CCWHC) laboratory in Saskatoon. There was concern that the...

Chronic wasting disease on the Canadian prairies. 3

Chronic wasting disease on the Canadian prairies.

Chronic wasting disease in cervids continues to spread slowly across North America including the Canadian Prairie Provinces. The disease is now present in wild cervids in at least 15 US states and has continued...

Mute swan deaths in St. Catharines caused by enteric parasite 2

Mute swan deaths in St. Catharines caused by enteric parasite

On 10 November, 2012 14 mute swans were found dead in Martindale Pond, which lies just south of Lake Ontario within the city of St. Catharines.  The swans were collected by the Lincoln County...

A rabid deer in Minnesota – a reminder for rabies awareness 0

A rabid deer in Minnesota – a reminder for rabies awareness

In early November, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources received reports of a deer that was behaving strangely.  It was later found dead, was taken in for diagnostic testing and was found to have...

Potential for American Crows to spread infectious prions in the environment 0

Potential for American Crows to spread infectious prions in the environment

What role do scavengers have on the spread of prion diseases in the environment?  A recent study has shown that fecal extracts from American Crows that were fed scrapie prions were able to cause...

Benefits of wildlife highway crossings in Banff National Park 1

Benefits of wildlife highway crossings in Banff National Park

Highway mortality of wildlife at Banff National Park (BNP) has decreased over the years thanks to the underpasses, overpasses and fencing along Trans-Canada highway which cuts through the park. A recent article in UToday...

Surveillance for Rodent External Parasites at Sheep River Provincial Park, Alberta. 0

Surveillance for Rodent External Parasites at Sheep River Provincial Park, Alberta.

Rodents often are reservoirs for numerous infectious agents, or pathogens, that can be transmitted from animals to humans. External parasites such as fleas, ticks and mites that reside on rodents can act as carriers...

WCVM graduates show support for the CCWHC 0

WCVM graduates show support for the CCWHC

Students from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s 2010 graduating class have decided to donate their graduation account surplus to a variety of organisations that touched their lives while attending the college.  One of the organizations that was selected to receive a donation...

Hepatic sarcocystosis in black bears: an emerging disease in British Columbia? 3

Hepatic sarcocystosis in black bears: an emerging disease in British Columbia?

In July 2008, a mature captive male black bear resident in the lower mainland of the Fraser Valley was submitted to the Animal Health Centre in Abbotsford, BC for necropsy. The bear had begun...

The WildTech Project: At the cutting edge of disease diagnostic technology 1

The WildTech Project: At the cutting edge of disease diagnostic technology

Imagine that you are a wildlife veterinarian and that you have been called in to deal with a large die-off of ducks at a Canadian lake. Your initial assessment of the birds indicates that...