August 15, 2020

Wolves filling up on cattle in southwestern Alberta

Boyce and his research team tracked wolves and their diets over several years using GPS tracking. When packs were clustered in an area for several hours, field researchers would go to the site afterwards to see what the wolves had been feeding on and to collect scat for analysis.

The 45 per cent figure applies to cattle killed by wolves and does not include anything from boneyards (which was classed as scavenging). Deer, elk, and small prey animals (such as bobcat or beaver) ranked behind cattle as prey during the grazing season.

During the non-grazing season, cattle slip to the third most important prey after deer and elk, Boyce said during a recent Beef Cattle Research Centre webinar.

Source: Wolves filling up on cattle in southwestern Alberta


Wolves killed in Victoria Beach – Wolf/Coyote Crossbreeding

Their remains were taken to the provincial veterinary lab for an examination, including checking their stomach contents, estimating their age and using samples of hair and tissue to determine their genetic structure. (There have been reports of wolf-coyote breeding.)[emphasis added] He said relocating the wolves wasn’t feasible.

Source: Wolves killed in Victoria Beach – Winnipeg Free Press


Wolves close popular area as they hunt around Banff townsite

*Editor’s Note* – I highlighted a comment made below in the excerpt that gives me pause. Is this official actually suggesting that wolves are not dangerous to people but a bear might be? How absurd.

An area near the Banff townsite has been closed to the public after wolves were spotted feasting on an elk about 20 metres off the popular Fenland Loop trail.

“The idea was to ensure the safety of visitors so they wouldn’t stumble into that scene,” he said, noting the wolves could leave and a bear could easily take over eating the carcass. “It’s just a good clear action to take to make sure nobody ventures too close to the site.”

Source: Wolves close popular area as they hunt around Banff townsite | Calgary Herald


Clear cutting, herbicides must be stopped

*Editor’s Note* – Perhaps the spraying of herbicides by helicopter is causing everything this person describes, but I’m wondering if this same person ever looks up at the sky to see what all the governments are spraying that’s killing even people?

Now there is nothing but clear cuts being sprayed by helicopter with herbicides. This kills the birch and maple understory that moose require to survive the winter.I have not seen a moose or any wildlife in years of flying this area. Fishing in conservation areas, there are no bugs or birds, and the bush is scary quiet.

Source: Clear cutting, herbicides must be stopped


Echinococcosis: An Economic Evaluation of a Veterinary Public Health Intervention in Rural Canada


Echinococcosis is a rare but endemic condition in people in Canada, caused by a zoonotic cestode for which the source of human infection is ingestion of parasite eggs shed by canids. The objectives of this study were to identify risk factors associated with infection and to measure the cost-utility of introducing an echinococcosis prevention program in a rural area. We analyzed human case reports submitted to the Canadian Institutes for Health Information between 2002 and 2011. Over this 10 year period, there were 48 cases associated with E. granulosus/E. canadensis, 16 with E. multilocularis, and 251 cases of echinococcosis for which species was not identified (total 315 cases). Nationally, annual incidence of echinococcosis was 0.14 cases per 100 000 people, which is likely an underestimate due to under-diagnosis and under-reporting. Risk factors for echinococcosis included female gender, age (>65 years), and residing in one of the northern territories (Nunavut, Yukon, or Northwest Territories). The average cost of treating a case of cystic echinococcosis in Canada was $8,842 CAD. Cost-utility analysis revealed that dosing dogs with praziquantel (a cestocide) at six week intervals to control cystic echinococcosis is not currently cost-effective at a threshold of $20,000-100,000 per Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY) gained, even in a health region with the highest incidence rate in Canada ($666,978 -755,051 per QALY gained). However, threshold analysis demonstrated that the program may become cost-saving at an echinococcosis incidence of 13-85 cases per 100,000 people and therefore, even one additional CE case in a community of 9000 people could result in the monetary benefits of the program outweighing costs.<<<Read Entire Report>>>


Wolf warning issued on Vancouver Island after three dogs attacked

At least three dogs have been attacked by West Coast wolves in the past week.

Source: Wolf warning issued on Vancouver Island after three dogs attacked


11 Wolves Killed to Save Caribou

*Edited for corrections 4/23/2015*

Understand this logic(?) if you can. In North America there are an estimated 61,000 – 69,000 wolves alive. In the South Selkirks 11 wolves were killed, leaving 10 behind. This, they say, was done to save the caribou. There are an estimated 14 caribou left in the South Selkirks.

Where wolves live near caribou, one adult wolf kills 15-20 caribou in one year.

In all honesty, does this make any sense at all?


Arctic Wolves Walk Right Up To Workers and Sniff Them

The following comment was made by Dr. Valerius Geist who has studied and documented wolf behavior. He has published his findings here.

This is an excellent video of wolves EXPLORING (ALTERNATIVE PREY)! This is exactly what wolves of the first misbehaving pack we experienced here on Vancouver island were doing! This is what wolves on Vargas Island, an hour and half from here, were doing before they attacked and seriously wounded a camper. (He was rescued by other campers). Wolves came almost as close to me, my wife and brother-in-law, as seen in this video. Please compare what these wolves are doing with my description of the pre-attack phase of wolves switching to a new prey (Humans, in this case).

This video is a treasure! Distribute it!

Val Geist

PS And remember, wolves do not play. They explore in deadly earnest.


Deer Swims 12 Miles in Gulf of Maine to Tiny Island?

“Diamond said he has no idea how a deer would swim that far and make it on the island.

“It is either an extremely Olympic-class swimming deer or somebody’s idea of a practical joke,” he said.

“It is just surprising to me that it didn’t stay on the island longer, just to take a rest and get some food,” he said.”<<<Read More>>>


Alberta Will Kill Wolves That Are Killing Livestock

“A pack of wolves roaming Elk Island National Park and a neighbouring provincial recreation area has grown in the past few years, and concerned farmers believe the wolves killed several grazing cattle this summer.

Dan Brown, president of the Blackfoot Grazing Association, said 29 calves, yearlings and cows have either been killed or have gone missing from pasture in the Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Grazing, Wildlife and Provincial Recreation Area, about 50 kilometres east of Edmonton, since the end of May. He believes wolves are largely to blame.

“We’ve had cows that have been absolutely ripped open from one end to the other and the majority of that was done when they were still alive,” he said.”<<<Read More>>>