Category: Alberta

A parasite of the North American river otter: Potential cause of blindness in burbot? 0

A parasite of the North American river otter: Potential cause of blindness in burbot?

The North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) is a fur bearing mammal of economic value. Historically they were distributed throughout Canada and United States but their present range is fragmented due to pollution and...

First Report Of A Tapeworm, Taenia Arctos In North American Bears 0

First Report Of A Tapeworm, Taenia Arctos In North American Bears

Tapeworms of the Genus Taenia (Class: Cestoda) are endoparasites that reside in the gastrointestinal tract of a final host from where they shed hundreds and thousands of eggs in the feces. Environment that is...

Investigation of bird and fish mortalities at Fort Chipewyan, Alberta 0

Investigation of bird and fish mortalities at Fort Chipewyan, Alberta

In mid-July, 2013 Alberta Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) received a phone call from Parks Canada Wood Buffalo National Park office situated in Fort Chipewyan, reporting a large number of dead birds and fish...

EHD detected in White-tailed Deer in Alberta 0

EHD detected in White-tailed Deer in Alberta

 Epizootic haemorrhagic disease (EHD) virus was identified in a white-tailed deer found dead in southern Alberta south of Foremost ~30km north of the U.S. border on September 16, 2013.  At least 50 other deer and three antelope were found dead in...

What’s in the coyote’s ears? 0

What’s in the coyote’s ears?

Jill Girgulis, a student from Bishop Carroll High School, Calgary tried to answer this question when she took on a 6 weeks research project in Dr. Susan Kutz’s wildlife parasitology laboratory at the University...

What’s on the menu?: Examining parasites to determine the diet of wolves. 0

What’s on the menu?: Examining parasites to determine the diet of wolves.

Wolves are the final hosts for many parasites that are transmitted through the food web. Thus, determining the diversity of parasites in wolves can provide insights into predator – prey relationships. Over the summer,...

Rangifer Anatomy Project 0

Rangifer Anatomy Project

Caribou and reindeer (Rangifer) are keystone species in the circumpolar north and are critical for the maintenance of healthy northern ecosystems. Many Arctic communities and indigenous culture continue to depend on caribou and reindeer...

CCWHC Alberta Welcomes Its First Intern 1

CCWHC Alberta Welcomes Its First Intern

The Alberta node of CCWHC was established in 2005 and has been advancing its operations year after year.  In July 2013 the CCWHC advanced once more to incorporate a newly established, one year internship position. Internships...

Range expansion of the winter tick into Northwest Territories, Canada 1

Range expansion of the winter tick into Northwest Territories, Canada

The winter tick, Dermacentor albipictus, is an important parasite of moose, white-tailed deer, elk and woodland caribou. Among these, moose are the most commonly and the most severely affected with individuals reported to host...