Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
L. David Mech1
Harold J. Kurtz2
Key Words: Canine parvovirus, wolf, Canis lupus, disease, serology, mortality.
In the U. S., serologic evidence of canine parvovirus (CPV) infection has been found among wild populations of wolves (Canis lupus) in Minnesota (Mech et al., 1986), Wisconsin (Wydeven et al., 1995), Alaska (Zarnke and Ballard, 1987), and Montana (Johnson et al., 1994). Evidence also was found that CPV infection may be influencing population changes in wolves in the central Superior National Forest (SNF) of Minnesota through early pup mortality (Mech and Goyal, 1995). However, the only documentation of wolves dying from CPV infection involved 10 captive, 2 to 14 mo-old wolves (Mech et al., 1986). In the present note, we document death of a wild wolf due to CPV infection in the SNF (48°N, 92°W).
Mech, L. David, Harold J. Kurtz, and Sagar Goyal. 1997. Death of a Wild Wolf from Canine Parvoviral Enteritis. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 33(2):321-322.
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Mech, L. David, Harold J. Kurtz, and Sagar Goyal. 1997. Death of a Wild Wolf from Canine Parvoviral Enteritis. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 33(2):321-322. Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online. http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/mammals/wild2/index.htm (Version 21APR2000).