GUNNISON, Colo. (CBS4) — One concern about prairie dogs in Colorado is their capacity to carry fleas infected with bubonic plague. But now there’s a vaccine.

(credit: Colorado Park and Wildlife Southeast Region)

“We’re gonna be out here today treating these colonies with tiny little peanut butter pellets with vaccine in them for prairie dogs to eat so they’ll be vaccinated for a year,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife stated. “…biologist April Estep has led a team spreading 40 pellets per acre across area colonies at dawn to vaccinate them vs plague.”


The vaccination pellets were dropped around Gunnison Wednesday.
They’ll also be used in Douglas County.

(credit: CBS)

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