Severe Maxillary Osteomyelitis in a Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)

Shannon Barber-Meyer


Whereas dental injuries and abnormalities have been documented in Gray Wolves (Canis lupus), severe maxillary necrosis has not previously been implicated in a Gray Wolf fatality. Here I report maxillary osteomyelitis in a wild Gray Wolf from northeastern Minnesota of such severity that I hypothesize it ultimately led to death by starvation.


Canis lupus; carnassials; Gray Wolf; maxillary osteomyelitis; pressure necrosis; Minnesota

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