May 27, 2020

Can You Handle the Truth About Wolves and Coronavirus?

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An article by James Beers

I have received several questions lately about what is known about whether wolves are vectors (i.e. “carry”) the virus that causes coronavirus and if so, can they infest people, dogs, campgrounds and rural home-sites, etc. in their wide-ranging nighttime foraging in the settled landscapes of The Lower 48 States.  The answer – like so much about these Government Issue (GI) large predators like wolves and grizzlies increasingly absorbed into federal jurisdiction and protection or cougars and black bears simultaneously being given more and more State protection (and less and less management and control) – is that government and their radical environment supporters, and protectors must have told the media that you couldn’t handle the truth so it is downplayed, derided or ignored.


“They” might not get the votes in Colorado in November to voluntarily impose wolves on Rural Colorado if you knew too much.  Those Seattle voters would be less likely to browbeat the State Wildlife Agency to spread and protect wolves or to strongly oppose spreading grizzly bears over a wide swath of the rest of the State.  Idaho wouldn’t commit the millions they are considering to reduce wolves to a low level and keep them there. Montana voters will not make it a high priority to fight the continued dabbling by the courts into how, when, and where the many wolves in the State can be controlled, reduced and maintained in the State, thereby chipping away at the lie everywhere that the feds will “delist the wolves” in The Lower 48 States instead of just tying the State’s hands, forcing them to maintain growing wolf densities and pay for it all out of state wildlife funds to bankrupt the State wildlife management programs and hunting.  Great Lakes State’s rural residents, ranchers, hunters and campers might not continue their “good child” demeanor about all the lies and dissembling by federal and State politicians, bureaucrats, and environmentalists that despite endless promises and excuses for years about “delisting”, they are “still working on it and not to call them, they’ll call you”.

You will notice that any news about wolves and coronavirus could upset a lot of apple carts especially throughout the West and the Great Lakes States.  If the “natives”; especially those out of work, those quarantined in their homes, those with dogs, and all those so recently schooled about how easily and quickly the coronavirus is spread; heard that wolves carry the virus and spread it in their far and wide wanderings in, around and through human areas: why, they might get pretty restless.

Here is what seems to be the case.

1.    A recent “study” of wolves in Yellowstone Park reported, “We know that nearly all wolves in Yellowstone become infected with canine parvovirus, canine adenovirus-1, and canine herpesvirus at some point in their lives. We have also detected canine coronavirus-1, canine adenovirus-2, and Bordetella bronteseptica; but currently we have no estimate of how common these infections are or their impacts (although they can cause severe illness in domestic dogs).”  Obtaining a copy of this study was difficult and I have not seen any reporting of it.  Long story short, the -1 is not differentiated from the current -19 you see and hear about daily.  This indicates the strong possibility that if wolves carry it; other canines (coyotes, dingos, dogs, jackals) very likely carry it.

2.    There is no literature that I can find on the biology of wild canines carrying or transmitting the coranovirus to humans.  Paradoxically, there is an endless string of “studies” on protecting the only canine we sleep with and treat like “a member of the family” the pet dog.  They mostly assure us that Fido is not in danger of getting coronavirus in our home if we take precautions around the dog like not coughing on them and making frequent $$ veterinarian visits.  But…

3.    An article in LIVESCIENCE reports, “A pet dog that contracted a “low-level” COVID-19 infection from its owner has now died, according to news reports. The owner has not allowed the dog to be autopsied, so the exact cause of death remains unknown.”   “ The dog’s owner, a 60-year-old woman, first tested positive for COVID-19 on Feb. 25 and was hospitalized at the time, according to the news report. She returned home on March 8 after recovering from the illness. The genetic makeup of the virus found in people and the virus found in the woman’s Pomeranian appeared similar, the AFCD reported. “The [gene] sequence results indicate that the virus likely spread from the infected persons and subsequently infected the dog,” they noted in a statement.”

So this what I have found out.  The US government and media do not want to recognize any coronavirus danger to humans from wolves, coyotes, or dogs.  Addressing the “worry” about humans infecting some poor “fixed” “rescue” dog is another matter.

If a Pomeranian, died from being infected by an infected human, then it is pretty likely a wolf or coyote could be infected as well but it also means the reverse: that a canine (wolf, coyote or dog) could infect a human through just as many possibilities (sneezing, coughing, leaving saliva, etc.) on things in yards or on things other animals mouth or lick and then bring into the house or leave it when they lick furniture or children or cuts on adult’s hands, etc.

I can hear it already, “what does Beers’ know?” and “there are no studies or data supporting this, it is all fiction!”  All I know, like Will Rogers, is what I read in the paper plus in this instance what I don’t read in all the non-existent “studies” by those bureaucrats running this runaway train.

Allow me to observe, that you and I clearly “can’t stand the truth” otherwise we would be told the truth even though it would disrupt all these government schemes to vacate rural America and eliminate everything from hunting and trapping to logging, grazing and gun possession. LOL!

So wolves, coyotes and dogs can carry the coronavirus and they sneeze, cough and leave saliva.  Thus they can and you can bet they are doing their bit; as perhaps the widest-ranging large animal out there, the wolf, is doing more than their fair share in rural America as you read this.  Not to worry though, like “delisting the wolf”, “we have some more work to do and when we get it done, don’t call us, we’ll call you.”

Jim Beers

29 March 2020

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Jim Beers is a retired US Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist, Special Agent, Refuge Manager, Wetlands Biologist, and Congressional Fellow. He was stationed in North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York City, and Washington DC.  He also served as a US Navy Line Officer in the western Pacific and on Adak, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands.  He has worked for the Utah Fish & Game, Minneapolis Police Department, and as a Security Supervisor in Washington, DC.  He testified three times before Congress; twice regarding the theft by the US Fish & Wildlife Service of $45 to 60 Million from State fish and wildlife funds and once in opposition to expanding Federal Invasive Species authority.  He resides in Eagan, Minnesota with his wife of many decades.

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