Monthly Archive: January 2013

Unusual weather causes unusual wildlife behaviour 1

Unusual weather causes unusual wildlife behaviour

The new norm for Canadian winter weather seems to be anything but normal, and this can have an effect on wildlife activity as it fluctuates from abnormally warm to abnormally cold. Ontario recently experienced...

Canine distemper in coyotes in Saskatoon, SK. 1

Canine distemper in coyotes in Saskatoon, SK.

In the past 3 months, six coyotes that were found dead or very ill within the City of Saskatoon (Saskatchewan) have been examined by the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre (CCWHC) and found to...

Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance in Saskatchewan – Update for winter 2012-13 1

Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance in Saskatchewan – Update for winter 2012-13

Saskatchewan’s winter 2012-13 Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) surveillance program is now drawing to a close.  This program is based on testing samples submitted by hunters. Although hunter submissions continue to decline each year, with...

An Emerging Fungal Disease in the Pacific Northwest 1

An Emerging Fungal Disease in the Pacific Northwest

“Emerging diseases” are infections that occur in some new and unexpected way or are new to science altogether. The fungus found recently in a young Harbour Porpoise in British Columbia is indeed an emerging...

Canada’s Response to White Nose Syndrome 3

Canada’s Response to White Nose Syndrome

White Nose Syndrome (WNS) of bats is unfolding as an environmental and  conservation crisis in North America. Some of our most abundant wild animal species and ecological allies now seem headed for extinction, or...

Wildlife Health Technology 2

Wildlife Health Technology

Since its inception, the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre (CCWHC) has maintained a secure data repository which helps researchers and government agencies make sound decisions about wildlife disease management issues. During the last 15...

Mystery Paralysis in Elk reported in Canmore, AB 1

Mystery Paralysis in Elk reported in Canmore, AB

Fish and Wildlife officials of Alberta Sustainable Resources Development have reported an illness in two elk in a herd in Canmore, Alberta. The affected animals had both their hind legs paralyzed. The officials are...

Snowy owl sightings in BC – 2012/13 possibly highest numbers ever reported. 2

Snowy owl sightings in BC – 2012/13 possibly highest numbers ever reported.

For the second winter in a row, majestic snowy owls are being spotted in unusually large numbers in British Columbia, especially in the Boundary Bay area, just south of Vancouver, but elsewhere as well....

The river otter: A biological monitor for environmental contamination in Victoria Harbour 0

The river otter: A biological monitor for environmental contamination in Victoria Harbour

In collaboration with Environment Canada and the BC Ministry Environment, UBC graduate student, Cait Nelson, investigated contaminant exposure in coastal river otter from Victoria, British Columbia, (Thesis available online by clicking here).  Victoria Harbour...