Looks like there’s another good reason to control wolves and coyotes. There is a new strain of Echinococcus tapeworm going around, it’s similar to Echinococcus Granulosis, but apparently is more virulent and is transmittable to humans. This new one is called Echinococcus multilocularis . It causes Hydatid disease, which is nasty, and has been found in coyotes and foxes in western Canada, as well as two species of rodents. Please be careful when handling canines, always wear gloves, and do not handle scat, leave it alone. Do not let your dogs around wild dogs or scat.¬†

 More details to come through correspondence with the MWLAP.