A Black Bear as he fishes for salmon in Taylor Creek, South Lake Tahoe, California.
“We have tested nearly 300 wild animals from over 20 species,” Jonathan Runstadler and Kaitlin Sawatzki wrote this week.
There’s reason to think that animals out in the wild have caught COVID-19. “Influenza, for example, can infect a wide variety of animals, from sparrows to whales,” the pair of researchers wrote. Elephant seals in California tested positive for H1N1 during the flu outbreak in 2010. (They probably caught it from infected wastewater, researchers speculated.)