Respected wildlife vet says reintroduced wolves had no tapeworms when they were brought down from Canada-
The anti-wolf fringe is working 26-hours a day trying to scare people about wolves and tapeworms. The media has hardly bothered to cover them, so with each news release they get more extreme. They are having a rally at Libby MT where they say even the air in NW Montana is dangerous to breathe because it is full of tapeworm larva.
There is no doubt that maybe half the wolves are infested with Echinococcus, but Mark Johnson who participated in the wolf capture and treatment of the new wolves says they didn’t have this infestation when they were processed.
As I’ve said from the start, the parasite was already here. A Google search tracked its presence in Oregon in deer back to the 1920s.
Vet’s View on Tapeworms, Wolves, Coyotes, Foxes and Elk. Public News Service.
“[Veterinarian Mark] Johnson notes that human cases are rare since egg-laden feces must be ingested to become infected.”
So it’s doubtful anyone is going to be infected with Echinococcus except those stupid enough to eat canid shit, but given the hysteria from this band of clowns who knows what they’ll do. 😉