Stop the Wolf Coalition: CPW Confirms Wolves in Colorado Carry Deadly Disease
Open Records search reveals recent wolf pack in Moffat County infected with deadly Gray Wolf Disease, affecting humans, wildlife, livestock, and crops in Colorado
Denver, Colorado – Today, the non-profit Colorado Stop the Wolf Coalition released Colorado Parks & Wildlife documents obtained through the Colorado Open Records Act. Their reports revealed that wolf scat samples, collected from the area where a pack of non-native Gray Wolves were recently spotted in Moffat County, contained the deadly Hydatid Disease, Echinococcus Canadensis. aka Gray Wolf Disease.
“Echinococcus was detected via PCR and confirmed via sequencing in three out of the six samples submitted,” wrote Mary Wood, Colorado’s State Wildlife Veterinarian, in an agency email describing the CPW’s lab results.
“With Gray Wolves being the most predominate vector for spreading this deadly disease, Colorado must heed these lab results. This is a serious public health and safety issue. People across the world die from Gray Wolf Disease so we must protect the future for our kids and grandkids,” stated Denny Behrens, Co-Chair of Colorado Stop the Wolf Coalition, a 501c4 non-profit organization.
“Hay farmers, ranchers, hunters, pets, hikers, anyone in areas that these non-native wolves roam, are now at a greater risk than ever before,” concluded Behrens.
For more information about Gray Wolf Disease, visit the National Institutes of Health at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29369720/
To support the Colorado Stop the Wolf Coalition and sign their online petition to elected officials, please go to https://www.stopthewolf.org/sign-the-petition