Monthly Archive: February 2013

White nose syndrome confirmed in PEI 1

White nose syndrome confirmed in PEI

A northern long-eared bat that was recently found dead in Prince Edward Island (PEI) has been confirmed to have been infected with Geomyces destructans, the fungus which causes white nose syndrome, (WNS).  This is...

Parasitic disease causing death of American Robins 4

Parasitic disease causing death of American Robins

The American Robin (Turdus migratorius) is one of the most abundant birds of the Thrush Family (song birds) in North America. In Sept 2012, the Alberta Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre received a dead...

Mystery Paralysis in Elk in Canmore, AB – An update 1

Mystery Paralysis in Elk in Canmore, AB – An update

On 8th January 2013, we reported the discovery of two bull elk near Canmore, Alberta, showing signs of partial paralysis and apparent discomfort that was of sudden onset. There was general concern that either...

CWD confirmed in an Alberta moose 1

CWD confirmed in an Alberta moose

The first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a moose in Canada was confirmed in Alberta earlier this month.   The adult, male moose was killed in a highway collision near the South...

A potentially deadly fungus is widespread in BC’s frog and toad populations 1

A potentially deadly fungus is widespread in BC’s frog and toad populations

A deadly disease called chytridiomycosis (caused by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, aka chytrid fungus) has been decimating amphibian populations all over the world. Because of this threat, wildlife management agencies have felt an urgent need...

Cases of Brain Worm in Endangered Mainland Moose in Nova Scotia 0

Cases of Brain Worm in Endangered Mainland Moose in Nova Scotia

Moose (Alces alces americana) are provincially designated as an endangered species on the mainland of Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre, Atlantic region has recently received a carcass and tissues from...

New Necropsy Facility in Québec 0

New Necropsy Facility in Québec

A new facility in Québec has opened its doors and has helped to improve the diagnostic capabilities of the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre office in the region.      The Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries...

Raccoon rabies – Citizen-based surveillance is a success 4

Raccoon rabies – Citizen-based surveillance is a success

Rabies is an important health concern for humans, domestic animals and wildlife throughout Canada.  In 2006, the province of Québec launched a major initiative to eliminate raccoon rabies since its initial discovery in southern...

CCWHC Staff Conducts Annual Wildlife Lab for Veterinary Students 0

CCWHC Staff Conducts Annual Wildlife Lab for Veterinary Students

As part of our continuing commitment to education, the Ontario/Nunavut Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre (CCWHC) region annually assists with a wildlife necropsy lab for the third year veterinary students at the Ontario Veterinary...