Anesthetizing a Prairie Dog

Image: Anesthetizing a Prairie Dog

Detailed Description

National Park Service veterinarian Kevin Castle places a prairie dog under anesthesia in Wind Cave National Park. He will tag this trapped prairie dog and take hair, whisker, and blood samples before scientists release the animal back into the wild.

Over 30 organizations and agencies are testing a USGS-developed oral vaccine to prevent the spread of plague in prairie dogs. If successful, the sylvatic plague vaccine could help protect endangered black-footed ferrets in the western U.S. because the ferrets rely on prairie dogs for food.


Image Dimensions: 3600 x 5400

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Location Taken: Wind Cave National Park, SD, US