August 17, 2018

Tapeworms: Echinococcus Multilocularis and Alveolar Echinococcosis From Foxes to Dogs to People

Tiny tapeworms on the rise: Are you and your pets infected or at risk?

Echinococcus multilocularis is a tiny tapeworm – an intestinal parasite of arctic foxes and red foxes that can also infest the intestines of coyotes and other canids, including domestic dogs.

In humans, the tapeworm causes a disease known as alveolar echinococcosis – but infection is very rare. Recently, however, a combination of factors has made this diagnosis more common, especially in Europe, and vets are concerned.<<<Read More>>>


Echinococcus multilocularis in Urban Coyotes, Alberta, Canada

From the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention:


Echinococcus multilocularis is a zoonotic parasite in wild canids. We determined its frequency in urban coyotes (Canis latrans) in Alberta, Canada. We detected E. multilocularis in 23 of 91 coyotes in this region. This parasite is a public health concern throughout the Northern Hemisphere, partly because of increased urbanization of wild canids.<<<Read More>>>


Establishing a New Understanding and Paradigm About Bears

Part of the New World Order!



Shout Vewy, Vewy Loud!

In a news article found at the Wareham Week in Massachusetts, about learning to deal with black bears, a wildlife biologist was quoted as saying:

An adult black bear can grow to 150-200 pounds.

…if you ever find yourself face to face with a black bear, you should look as big as you can, make a lot of noise, and back away slowly.

An adult black bear CAN grow to 150-200 pounds. They can ALSO grow to be over 700 pounds. If the advice when you encounter a 150-200-pound bear is to look as big as you can, make a lot of noise and back away slowly, what is the advice when you meet up face to face with a 700-pound black bear?

Perhaps carry a step ladder with you so when you meet up with this giant of a bear, you can look big by climbing the step ladder. Hint: Paint the ladder some common color like the color of human clothing or flesh. Avoid red as the bear may mistake it for blood and become even more aggressive. Or you could just put a pair of your pants and shirt over the ladder. Better yet, just make a giant cardboard cut-out of Freddie Kruger, Harry Reid or you spouse…but don’t tell them I said so.

Once safely behind the giant cardboard cutout, do as Elmer Fudd would do and shout VEWY, VEWY, loud. If possible call to a family member or friend and have them first ask, “Can’t we all just get along?”, followed by several renditions of “We are the World”, or “Kumbaya.” Avoid the theme song from Jungle Book.

With implementation of these two methods, I’m sure there will be no need to “back away slowly.” You may have to repair your lawn where the bear dug his claws in to escape your threat as fast as he could.

Warning: Under no circumstances should you attempt to harm this bear….even if it is chomping on your face. The bear has rights and feelings. You must consider that the bear was here first and we are intruding on his turf and basically……YOU PISSED HIM OFF!



Marbut Says Not to Get Too Excited Over Ninth Court Gun Ruling

Dear MSSA Friends,

If you haven’t been living in a cave somewhere, you’ve probably heard that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down California’s arbitrary system that effectively prohibits BOTH open and concealed carry for many Californians. The Ninth said that such a system is an intolerable interference with a fundamental right to “bear” arms. See:
Peruta v. County of San Diego (9th Cir. Feb. 13, 2014)

Don’t get too excited. It’s not a done deal yet.

This was only decided by a three-judge panel – the way the Ninth Circuit does most business on first pass. The panel, by random draw (and good luck), included two (thought to be) conservative judges and one liberal. Given the preponderance of liberal judges on the Ninth Circuit, this panel makeup was an unusual occurrence.

The defendant (San Diego County) will probably move for and likely get an “en banc” review (theoretically a review by the entire Ninth Circuit of 29 judges; in reality review by 11 randomly-selected judges).

If so, the Ninth circuit’s Chief Judge, Alex Kozinski (a conservative) will chair the en banc panel, and the other 10 judges on the en banc panel will be randomly-selected from a pool of judges who lean way liberal. Odds are it will be a liberal-dominated panel, which will then likely reverse and decide differently than the original three-judge panel, but who knows.

Then, it will be on to the Supreme Court, for the SC to resolve possible differences on this issue among the various federal circuit courts of appeals. As with our appeal of MSSA v. Holder over the Montana Firearms Freedom Act, there’s about a 1:20 chance the SC will accept that appeal of the San Diego case from the Ninth Circuit. If the SC does not accept the appeal, the decision of the en banc panel will stand.

There are certainly important issues at play in Peruta v. San Diego. In its famous Heller and McDonald decisions the SC looked primarily at the issue of “keep” arms, but was not so specific about “bear” arms. Many have asked how the mandate of the Second Amendment can be fulfilled if people can keep arms in their home for self defense and other reasons, and that this is a fundamental right, but they are not allowed to bear arms outside their homes. Good question; the very question that has been raised in Peruta.

Of course, it will be VERY interesting to watch what may happen with Peruta, but it is not a dependable victory yet; hopeful but not final.

Keep your powder dry.

Best wishes,

Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association
Author, Gun Laws of Montana


Italians Know What’s Best for Wolves

Even though in Italy wolves are protected by law, it appears the citizens are taking the law into their own hands, as they well should. Tired of the onslaught of attacks and destruction of property and threats of attacks on humans, some in Italy have taken to killing the wolves and displaying the decapitated heads at the entrance to the town in a fashion described as similar to signs posted by construction workers at construction sites.

This is a link to the original article in Italy.

This is the link to the translated to English version.


“The severed head of a wolf was found hanging from a sign at the roundabout leading to the cellar social of the Morellino di Scansano, at the entrance of the village. Next to a sign, like that of construction sites, to announce the start of a project entitled “Elimination predators” for “ecosystem restoration”. They were the workers of the hilly town, who have experienced the municipal, to find the gruesome cartel. The sign is also in charge of the yard, “Red Riding Hood”, while security officers are defined “public Spent.””



The Continued Insanity of Wolf Introduction

It is becoming more common to read and see events such as the one where a person’s young colt gets slaughtered by wolves, among other assorted property losses, attacks on humans and the spread of deadly disease, and yet the perverts continue to defy sanity and plan to place more of them useless, disease-infested, criminal animals onto the landscape. Not only is the continued act a substantiation of insanity, it is very telling that such action is a tool for the destruction of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

What was once white is black, what was right is wrong. Everything is the opposite of what was once taught. And among the insanity, we read press releases like the one below, in which officials plan to release more useless, mongrel, hybrid, mixed-breed canine killers into the countryside.

From the Arizona Game and Fish Department:


For immediate release, Feb. 14, 2014

Plan announced for 2014 Mexican wolf releases in Arizona
Releases to replace wolves illegally shot between 2011 and 2013

PHOENIX – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) have initiated actions for the release of two Mexican wolves in Arizona to replace wolves illegally shot, as directed by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission in 2012 and to increase the genetic diversity of the wild population.

The Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team (IFT) tasked with the day-to-day management of the wild population captured two wild males during the January winter population count. M1249 was taken to the Service’s Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility in New Mexico and is paired with a captive female wolf. M1290 was paired with a captive female wolf and is being held in a release pen in the Apache National Forest.

Neither of the male wolves has documented involvement in livestock depredations or nuisance behavior, making the animals good candidates for pairing with a captive female and subsequent release. Both wolf pairs are being observed for breeding behavior and will be released into the primary recovery zone in Arizona in the spring prior to giving birth.

“This is one of the important steps in Game and Fish’s commitment to replace the four wolves lost to illegal causes between 2011 and 2013. One of the key considerations when the options were evaluated was to improve population genetics, which is important to the long-term survival of the subspecies,” said Jim deVos, the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s assistant director for wildlife management.

An additional option to replace wolves illegally shot and to increase the genetic diversity of the wild population – cross fostering wolf pups born in captivity into a wild wolf pack litter – still remains under consideration and will be evaluated in the future.

“The pairing of genetically valuable females with males with wild experience accomplishes two goals, adding genetically valuable genes into the population and replacing wolves that were taken illegally,” said Benjamin Tuggle, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southwest Regional Director. “If these pairs successfully establish themselves in the wild, they will increase population numbers immediately and will contribute to a more genetically robust population in the future.”

In 2013, the IFT attempted the release or translocation of two pairs of wolves and a single wolf into the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area. A single male was released into Arizona and recaptured in New Mexico shortly after release for displaying nuisance behavior. Plans to release a pair of wolves in Arizona were halted when another pack displayed territorial aggression and threatened the safety of the new pair. That pair was returned to captivity. In addition, a pair of wolves was translocated into the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. However, the male dispersed outside of the recovery area boundary and was recaptured, and the female was later legally shot and killed on private land in the act of killing livestock.

Release sites will be chosen based on several factors including appropriate prey density, distance from occupied residences, seasonal absence of livestock grazing, and occurrence of established wolf packs in the area.

The Mexican wolf population is estimated to be at least 83 animals, the highest number of wolves since the reintroduction began in 1998.

The Reintroduction Project partners are AGFD, White Mountain Apache Tribe, USDA Forest Service and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service – Wildlife Services, several participating counties in Arizona, the Eastern Arizona Counties Organization, and the Service.


One Reason People Hate Useless Diseased Wolves

The perverted bastards who promote this kind of destruction should pay dearly for it. The perversion is akin to loving brain cancer. Sick!

This little guy became the victim of those disease-ridden mass killers.



Close Calls at a Deer Highway Crossing


Hunters Rescue Locked Up Bucks from Coyotes