|Veterinary Parasitologist Conducts International Research|
Dr. Mason Reichard Studies Arctic Carnivores
Carcasses of wolverines, grizzly bears, arctic foxes, red foxes, and grey wolves, provided by Inuit hunters and trappers, were tested for infection with Trichinella species and Toxoplasma gondii. Preliminary data show that infection with Trichinella species are common in the arctic carnivores they examined. The results for infection with T. gondii are still pending.
During Dr. Reichard’s visit, he along with one of his Canadian colleagues, Luigi Torretti with the Department of Environment, Government of Nunavut, gave a presentation to the community of Kugluktuk and held a wet lab for the 9th grade class of Kugluktuk High School.
According to Dr. Reichard, the students were highly interested as shown by their intent focus during the necropsy. This is the second year that Dr. Reichard has been examining zoonotic parasites in arctic carnivores. He hopes to expand his research area next year to include other territories and provinces across the Canadian Arctic.