(1.) See Todd Shury, "Sylvatic Plague
in Grasslands National Park", CCWHC News (1 September 2010) online: Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre <http:/www.ccwhc.ca>.
Isolation and characterization of 11 microsatellite loci from Oropsylla hirsuta, a vector of sylvatic plague
. Mol Ecol Resour 2009; 9: 1041-4.
In areas with frequent sylvatic plague
outbreaks, fragmentation of BTPD complexes may benefit the BTPD, since plague is more devastating in areas with dense concentrations of BTPDs than in areas with isolated colonies (Luce 2003).
is an infectious bacterial disease usually transmitted from animal to animal by fleas.
, which was introduced from overseas via flea-infested rats, is lethal to both prairie dogs and ferrets.
hit the prairie dogs--and biologists discovered that they had been wrong in believing that ferrets were immune.
It took into account only a few large populations impacted by sylvatic plague
and assumed that losses were indicative of the species' entire range.
In Arizona, Gunnison's prairie dog populations have declined 98 percent, because of historic and current poisoning and shooting, sylvatic plague
(which results in near 100 percent mortality) and habitat destruction.
Despite high hopes and intense monitoring, the Meeteetse ferret population dropped precipitously following epidemics of sylvatic plague
and canine distemper that swept through the Wyoming prairie dog communities in the mid-1980s.
The influence of sylvatic plague
on North American wildlife at the landscape level, with special emphasis on black-footed ferret and prairie dog conservation.