Pearce plans hearings on wolf parasite and Lochsa land exchange

Senate Resources & Environment Committee Chairman Monty Pearce said he plans to hold hearings this session on a tapeworm carried in wolves and on a land exchange between the Forest Service and a timber company in Idaho County.

Both issues are controversial among many Idahoans. Pearce spoke about the upcoming session at the annual Idaho Environmental Forum Legislative Forecast along with House Resources and Conservation chairman Bert Stevenson.
Washington State University and Idaho Department of Fish and Game researchers found that more than half of the wolves they tested carried a tapeworm parasite known as Echinococcus granulosus. Hunting activist George Dovel of Garden Valley took the study and widely circulated an article that suggests the wolves were brought in from Canada with the disease and that its dangerous to people, game and livestock.
William Foreyt, the Washington State University wildlife disease expert who led the study said chances wolves will pass the tapeworm on to people and livestock is low. It was around before the wolves got here and is an issue that has long been managed.

But Dovel’s article has gone viral among sportsman groups.

The Lochsa Land Exchange would trade Western Pacific Timber’s 39,000 acres of lands checkerboarded with Clearwater National Forest lands for an equivalent value of land picked from 45,000 acresin other parts of Idaho County. Many people don’t like giving up the national forest lands that would be traded mostly in the southern side of the county.

Pearce said he expects some wolf bills this year. He added that he wants the state to consider litigation that might force the federal government to either turn over federal lands to the state or pay for them.

Ultimately he’d like the state to find ways to develop jobs for the 67,000 Idahoans unemployed by developing natural resources.

“We have mines that are not opened and forests that are not logged,” Pearce said.

And we also have

Brains that are also not used, Monty.

Pearce is

The biggest dunce in the legislature. And that is quite a feat if you know any of the others.

Tape worms

Does it matter how the worms got here? The wolves are now helping to spread it around. This means more exposure to more areas that are not "managed".

Can we please have a link to the WSU study? We've seen the test results from Dr. Foreyt from wolves from Elk City, 10,000+ in some.

What the heck is wrong with educating people so they can take preventative measures? At least we know now to treat every pile of wolf poop we find in our yard like toxic waste. And hunters should be told wear gloves when cleaning critters and make sure dogs can't access the gut piles.

I find an interesting relationship between hosts and this parasite. It doesn't affect the primary host (canines) but it can hamper the lungs of secondary hosts (prey animals.)

Does this mean they won't be on the Roadkill menu now?

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

Ask a person who has trapped or handled wolves

One way that it should be easy to quiet this uproar, Rocky, is to ask your friend, wolf handler and wolf trapper, Carter Niemeyer if he is infected? How about his friends? Does he or they know of anyone who deals with wolves if they have seen a case of this parasite in a person?

Re Ask a person who has trapped or handled wolves.

I have trapped and handled several hundred wild wolves and skinned several dozen dead wolves and I do not have the tapeworm. When I was working with live and dead predators in Montana in the 1970s, researchers checked our blood for Echinococcus then, but apparently found nothing. I have never worried about getting the tapeworm because it would be a rare event in the first place and secondly, I wear exam gloves, wash my hands and be careful. To my knowledge, none of my colleagues that handled wolves throughout Canada and the United States have ever acquired a tapeworm infection. We would be at the highest risk of anyone working in the outdoors due to our constant exposure to canine predators. Echinococcus, like hundreds of other wildlife parasites and wildlife borne diseases commonly occurs in nature and completes its life cycle in many wild animals, one of which is the wolf. The risk of getting the tapeworm is the least of my concerns when I think about exposure to Nile virus from mosquitoes, tick fever from ticks and plague from flea bites. These pests bite me every year.......

Pearce the moron

"...he wants the state to consider litigation that might force the federal government to either turn over federal lands to the state or pay for them."

I've never heard a more clueless statement in my life. So, how exactly is Idaho going to litigate and force the federal government to turn public lands over to the state?

If Monty is so offended by the concept of public lands, he can always move to Kansas where public lands are at a minimum and the relentless wind can blow through the hollow space between his ears.