Vaccine-Laden Bait Beside a Prairie Dog Burrow

Image: Vaccine-Laden Bait Beside a Prairie Dog Burrow

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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.

The vaccine is placed in peanut butter-flavored bait (pictured), which is then scattered throughout the test areas for consumption by prairie dogs.

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Image Dimensions: 5643 x 3762

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Location Taken: Wind Cave National Park, SD, US