Monthly Archive: April 2013

Chronic wasting disease hunter surveillance program cut in Saskatchewan 2

Chronic wasting disease hunter surveillance program cut in Saskatchewan

Recently, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment indicated they have discontinued funding for the chronic wasting disease (CWD) hunter surveillance program in the province. The funds were used to collect and test hunter shot deer...

The Impact of the Nation’s Most Widely Used Insecticides on Birds 0

The Impact of the Nation’s Most Widely Used Insecticides on Birds

A new report commissioned by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has assessed commonly used neonicotinoid insecticides to be lethal to songbirds.  These insecticides were introduced in the early 1990’s to replace organophosphates and other chemicals...

Snake Fungal Disease in the United States – NWHC Wildlife Health Bulletin 1

Snake Fungal Disease in the United States – NWHC Wildlife Health Bulletin

Snake Fungal Disease (SFD) is an emerging disease in certain populations of wild snakes in the eastern and midwestern United States. While fungal infections were occasionally reported in wild snakes prior to 2006, recently...

Biodiversity may protect against spread of disease – AAAS blog link 0

Biodiversity may protect against spread of disease – AAAS blog link

One key issue in the ecology of infectious diseases is the extent to which biodiversity affects the occurrence of disease. There is theory and evidence for and against the notion that high biodiversity will...

Understanding parasite biodiversity at high latitudes 0

Understanding parasite biodiversity at high latitudes

Studies on parasite distribution and biodiversity are foundational to understanding how parasites may affect the health and conservation of their hosts under changing climatic conditions. At high latitudes of North America, this type of...

Southern red-backed vole found to be a new intermediate host for a potentially zoonotic tapeworm 0

Southern red-backed vole found to be a new intermediate host for a potentially zoonotic tapeworm

Echinococcus multilocularis are gut-dwelling parasitic tapeworms of carnivores (foxes, coyotes, dogs, etc.). Eggs of E. multilocularis that are shed in the feces of canids are then ingested by various rodent species (intermediate hosts) in...

Mortality in Wildlife: More than meets the eye 0

Mortality in Wildlife: More than meets the eye

“It died of natural causes” and “there’s not a mark on them.”  These are common statements when government staff or the public find dead wildlife.  But what many people don’t realize is that thick...

Rodenticide poisoning in an urban coyote 1

Rodenticide poisoning in an urban coyote

In January 2013, a dead juvenile coyote was found in an urban park in Vancouver, British Columbia. The coyote was examined by pathologists at the Animal Health Centre, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, and...

Bird flu and Canada’s wild bird Avian Influenza surveillance program 0

Bird flu and Canada’s wild bird Avian Influenza surveillance program

The Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre collaborates with numerous federal and provincial juristictions across the country to ensure that wild birds in Canada are tested for the presence of the virus that causes Avian...

Environment Canada announces funding to fight threat of White nose Syndrome to Bats 0

Environment Canada announces funding to fight threat of White nose Syndrome to Bats

OTTAWA, Ont. – April 5, 2013 – Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today announced funding to respond to the threat of White-nose Syndrome, a fungal disease that is threatening bat species in North...