Coyote study sheds light on black-footed ferret health

2021-09-08

Researchers from the Wildlife Health Lab at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine tested blood samples taken from coyotes by members of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe to identify pathogens threatening endangered black-footed ferrets in South Dakota. Seventy-one percent of the animals tested carried West Nile virus antibodies, 27% harbored canine distemper virus antibodies, and 13% had antibodies for Yersinia pestis, which causes plague.

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