On August 24, 2011, Will Graves sent a letter to officials of Yellowstone National Park inquiring about a recent study that showed 50% of 220 gray wolves tested positive for neospora caninum. Graves question involved whether this could be transmitted to deer, elk, moose etc. Copy of Letter
On September 26, 2011, a representative of Yellowstone National Park answered Will Graves. Copy of the Letter.
In response to the above letter reply from Yellowstone National Park, Dr. Valerius Geist offers Will Graves the following comment:
Hat’s off to you! You have put Neospora on the map, but good. The answer from Yellowstone is bureaucratic, but a clear signal that they hate to be questioned on this matter. Has Neospora been found in coyotes where there are no wolves? Which is still most of the west? This is after all what the letter from Yellowstone implies. That would be easy to check! You now need to pressure state authorities in Wyoming or Utah or Nevada to run some tests for Neospora.
Are coyotes being examined in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming for Echinococcus granulosus?
Cheers, Val Geist
In response to Will Graves questions and comments on neospora Caninum in Yellowstone wolves, Dr. Clay Dethlefsen offered the folling comments: Click this link for a PDF copy of that email.