Trapping Prairie Dogs for Vaccine Testing

Image: Trapping Prairie Dogs for Vaccine Testing

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Greg Schroeder (National Park Service) and a pair of Auburn University graduate students approach a prairie dog that has been trapped outside its burrow in Wind Cave National Park. The animal is part of a field test to determine the effectiveness of a USGS-developed oral sylvatic plague vaccine (SPV). This prairie dog will either be brought to a research van for tagging and blood and hair sampling, or released immediately if it was previously tested.

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: 4483 x 2988

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Location Taken: Wind Cave National Park, SD, US