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Wolves do not impact parasites in hunting dogs, study finds

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:40 pm
by Koa
Hounds and wolves share parasites
Dec. 15, 2017
International Journal for Parasiteology: Parasites and Wildlife

Since the early 1990s, grey wolves have been expanding their range in central Europe. This recolonisation gives rise to many questions about this apex predator and its influence on the environment and the life cycles of its parasites, prey and potential competitors. Scientists at the Leibniz-IZW now report that the presence of wolves has little impact on the parasite burden of domestic dogs used for hunting prey of wolves. The scientists compared hunting dogs based in Eastern Germany, where wolves have re-established themselves since early 2000, with hunting dogs in the north of Germany, where, at the time of the study, there were no resident wolf packs.
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