An article in “OutThere Colorado” recently noted that a coalition against the translocation of wolves into Colorado is claiming that wolves carry coronavirus, which provides yet another reason not to promote the proliferation of these apex predators into the state.
While a quick Google search reveals that many veterinary disease experts claim that the type of canine coronavirus found in wolves poses little to no risk for humans, a more detailed search reveals that just the opposite may be true.
According to the World Health Organization, “Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.”
The origin of the current COVID-19 outbreak is believed to be infected animals from the Wuhan marketplace, which sells snakes, bats, and WOLVES. In fact, researchers now believe that the original virus may have moved from snakes, to bats, to humans. It would not be surprising that additional research could reveal that wolves should also be included in the list of suspected reservoirs for COVID-19, or at the very least, some potentially future coronavirus outbreak.
The fact that coronaviruses can, and do cross the species barrier from animals to humans is NOT new information. According to the National Institutes of Health, “The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) illustrates that coronaviruses (CoVs) may quiescently emerge from possible animal reservoirs and can cause potentially fatal disease in humans, as previously recognized for animals.”
It is a fact that wolves can carry over 150 diseases, including coronavirus and multiple species of endo or ecto parasites. It is also a fact that wolves can transmit many of these diseases to other species, including livestock, other wildlife, and humans.
As noted by many researchers, wolves kill in a variety of ways, and some of those ways are only now becoming known.
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