Prairie Dog Under Anesthesia

Image: Prairie Dog Under Anesthesia

Detailed Description

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. Once captured, a veterinarian tags each trapped prairie dog and takes hair, whisker, and blood samples before scientists release the animals back into the wild.


Image Dimensions: 4585 x 3275

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Location Taken: Wind Cave National Park, SD, US