Trapped Prairie Dog for SPV Testing

Image: Trapped Prairie Dog for SPV Testing

Detailed Description

This prairie dog was trapped by scientists outside its burrow in Wind Cave National Park as part of a field test to determine the effectiveness of a USGS-developed oral sylvatic plague vaccine (SPV). This animal will be brought to a research van for tagging and blood, whisker, and hair sampling, and then released.

If successful, the SPV could help protect endangered black-footed ferret populations in the western U.S. because the ferrets rely on prairie dogs for food. The SPV project is a collaboration of over 30 organizations and agencies.


Image Dimensions: 4963 x 3309

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Location Taken: Wind Cave National Park, SD, US