Product Type: Scientific Investigations Report
Author(s): Godbey, J.L., D.E. Biggins, and D. Garelle
Godbey, J.L., D.E. Biggins, and D. Garelle. 2006. Exposure of captive black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes) to plague (Yersinia pestis) and implications for species recovery: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5293. 233-237 p.
This publication is distributed by the USGS Fort Collins Science Center .
Plague, a disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, was introduced with the ranges of three species of prairie dogs (Cynomys spp.) that collectively composed the former range of the highly endangered black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes). An experimental population of black-footed ferrets living in quasi-natural outdoor pens suffered 90 percent mortality after they ate prairie dogs infected with Y. pestis. Lethal and sublethal exposure of Siberian polecats (Mustela eversmannii) subsequently released into those pens suggested that live Y. pestis can be maintained in animal tissues within burrow systems for at least 2 months…
Recovery of the black-footed ferret: progress and continuing challenges--Proceedings of the Symposium on the Status of the Black-footed Ferret and Its Habitat, Fort Collins, Colorado, January 28-29, 2004