Coyotes & Lyme Disease
Kathie Fiveash, a Maine naturalist and author, commented about today’s post, and I felt the information she conveyed was so interesting that I wanted to be sure readers saw it. She wrote about a study done on Cape Cod coyotes by Jonathan Way, who often live captures coyotes and releases them. According to Kathie, “Jonathan said that he takes blood from captured animals and they almost all test positive for Lyme, but are asymptomatic. As I remember, it, he theorized that wild canids have been living with Lyme ticks for eons, and have developed resistance to the disease, while dogs and humans do not have that evolved resistance.”
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