There are more than 5,000 wolves located in the lower 48 states. With rapidly increasingly populations in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. And growing populations in Oregon, Washington- with experimental populations on the border of Arizona and New Mexico. Sadly, not only are wolves killing at a faster rate than mother herds can replenish, but they’re also weakening and killing wildlife by their transmittable diseases.
Sportsmen Losing Trust in the Environmental Community
“A person who is concerned with or advocates the protection of the environment.”– Environmentalist, Merriam-Webster.
The environmentalist of today doesn’t favor protection of the environment as much as they favor political control of its environment. We increasingly see time after time, where sound ecological stewardship is thrown out for their environmental, political ideology.
An ideology based upon special interest elites who favor Washington DC interventions over sound state evidence-based conservation practices ensuring abundance while protecting the local interest.
Environmental groups never informed the public about diseases their “Trojan horse” wolves would bring into the ecosystem. Scientist and the state biologist warned these groups and USFWS about these diseases before their reintroduction and the effects it would have on other wildlife and humans. But, to acknowledge those warnings would have gotten in the way of their political environmental ideology.
Wolves Transmitting Diseases in America
Case in point
“In 1993 Will Graves and other scientists warned the feds that bringing wolves in would end up in the spread of unwanted diseases, some of which could potentially destroy other wildlife and be of harm to humans. It was ignored. Now, 16 years later, we find out that over 60% of wolves tested in the Greater Yellowstone Area, including Idaho and Montana, are chuck-a-block full of worms, the kind that can be harmful to humans.” (Tom Remington 2009)
How Does it Spread from Wolves?
“It has been reported that in Alaska alone, over 300 cases have been reported in humans since 1950 as a result of canines (primarily wolves) contaminating the landscape with billions of the worm eggs in their scat (feces). The invisible eggs are ingested by wild and domestic animals, and sometimes by humans. It is made airborne by kicking the scat or picking it up to see what the animal has been eating. It can also be spread by wind over large areas. The eggs are very hardy and survive through extreme temperatures and weather for very long periods. The egg hatches in the digestive system of the intermediate host, producing larva. Once ingested this larvae develops from the egg stage, penetrates the intestinal walls, and moves into the capillary beds (liver, lungs & brain) where they develop into large cysts full of tiny tapeworm heads. It settles there and turns into a bladder-like structure called a hydatid cyst. The cysts eventually kill the infected animals (humans) unless diagnosed and removed surgically. After the death of the intermediate host, its body (animals) is consumed by carnivores suitable as its final host. In their intestines, the protoscolices (the inner layer of the cyst wall that buds and protrudes into the fluid sac) turns inside out, attach and give rise to adult tapeworms, completing its life cycle.” (David Miller 2013)
Environmental Disregard for Public Safety
“In the original documentation by the USFWS, there was very little acknowledgment of possible diseases being carried by the wolves brought into the Yellowstone Ecosystem. Even though the wolves were supposedly tested for disease, the Hydatid Disease has become prevalent within the Yellowstone region. This should be a cause of concern for states that are seeing the migration of the wolf entering within their borders. Some Coloradans want to see wolves introduce into Rocky Mountain National Park. That would bring the wolf into close proximity of a human population in Estes Park. Over three million people visit the Park each year. We have included the following two reports on the threat of the Hydatid Disease. The question is, does Colorado really want to shoulder that Burden?”-Denny Behrens, Regional Director, Colorado
BGF’s Colorado, July Radio Ad
Two publications that everyone should disseminate and become familiar with about diseases carried by wolves, scientific facts environmental groups don’t want you to know about.