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Isolation and characterization of 11 microsatellite loci from Oropsylla hirsuta, a vector of sylvatic plague.
Shirley Basin was chosen first because prairie dog numbers were still low at Meeteetse following the outbreak of sylvatic plague, a disease caused by the same microorganism responsible for bubonic plague in humans.
Since its arrival, sylvatic plague has readily adapted to and pro foundly influenced wild American rodent populations (5,6).
However, many of those sites have been hit by sylvatic plague, an introduced disease that is fatal to both prairie dogs and ferrets.
County health officials closed a park east of Altadena after a ground squirrel caught during routine monitoring tested positive for sylvatic plague.
To add to the prairie dog's woes, a new threat has arrived on the scene sylvatic plague.
In 1985, a sylvatic plague outbreak caused the number to drop to 58.
The ferret's most recent decline started when a bout of sylvatic plague, the disease that in humans causes bubonic plague, swept through Wyoming's prairie dog towns in September 1984.
In addition to threats imposed directly by humans, sylvatic plague (the rodent borne form of bubonic plague), was introduced to the West coast in the early 20th century (via shipboard rats) and has since spread through most western states.
The influence of sylvatic plague on North American wildlife at the landscape level, with special emphasis on black-footed ferret and prairie dog conservation.
A campground in the Angeles National Forest is temporarily closed because squirrels collected during routine surveillance tested positive for sylvatic plague.