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Old Today, 10:39 AM
 
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Yup. Attempts to sanitize nature and euthanize all of the sick or dying animals will not go well. I guess it depends on what kind of nature park it was. If it was an isolated park surrounded by urban area, then yeah dispatching it might be the best thing from the standpoint of human and pet health. But if it was in a relatively wild area the best thing to do would be leave it alone.
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You don't seem to understand or have any appreciation for the meaning of "wild". Its not an urban park, animal farm or a petting zoo. Disease is a normal and natural part of wild ecological processes.

"The domestic dog has largely been responsible for introducing canine distemper to previously unexposed wildlife, and now causes a serious conservation threat to many species of carnivores and some species of marsupials. The virus contributed to the near-extinction of the black-footed ferret. It also may have played a considerable role in the extinction of the thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) and recurrently causes mortality among African wild dogs. In 1991, the lion population in Serengeti, Tanzania, experienced a 20% decline as a result of the disease. The disease has also mutated to form phocid distemper virus, which affects seals." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canine_distemper#History


Humans brought distemper to the U.S., so distemper is not a normal and natural part of wild ecological processes here. Unfortunately, we're stuck with it, so nobody's suggesting that we go out and try to eradicate it. Folks are just saying that the animal should be euthanized so it doesn't the disease and create a local outbreak.
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"The domestic dog has largely been responsible for introducing canine distemper to previously unexposed wildlife, and now causes a serious conservation threat to many species of carnivores and some species of marsupials. The virus contributed to the near-extinction of the black-footed ferret. It also may have played a considerable role in the extinction of the thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) and recurrently causes mortality among African wild dogs. In 1991, the lion population in Serengeti, Tanzania, experienced a 20% decline as a result of the disease. The disease has also mutated to form phocid distemper virus, which affects seals." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canine_distemper#History


Humans brought distemper to the U.S., so distemper is not a normal and natural part of wild ecological processes here. Unfortunately, we're stuck with it, so nobody's suggesting that we go out and try to eradicate it. Folks are just saying that the animal should be euthanized so it doesn't the disease and create a local outbreak.

New strains of distemper have been introduced to North America recently, but distemper most likely evolved naturally in The New World from human measles virus jumping to dogs about 300 years ago. It was first described in the mid 1700s in South America and by the 1760's it was established in Europe and North America. I don't think its known whether it originally came to NA via Europe and South America, or if it came up through Central America. But it doesn't much matter, it would have come one way or the other.


Anyway you are all welcome to report every sick animal that you see in hopes that it does some good, but you are taking my simple comment about reporting a single sick animal in a wild area and twisting it into far more than I meant by it.
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