Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Plague in prairie dog towns
Carnivorous mice spread deadly plague: "Grasshopper mice have no respect for prairie dog territories,' Jones said. 'They're nasty little beasties, and when they eat the carcass of a prairie dog that's died of plague, the fleas climb aboard the mice. The mice then schlep the fleas around to different territories, connecting family groups that otherwise wouldn't be in contact."