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Population Dynamics of White-Tailed Prairie Dogs during an Epizootic of Sylvatic Plague

George E. Menkens, Stanley H. Anderson
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1382103 328-331 First published online: 24 May 1991


Three populations of white-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys leucurus) were studied during an epizootic of slyvatic plague in a complex of colonies near Meeteetse, Wyoming, during 1984–1988. Densities changed significantly between years on all colonies, but only decreased to zero on one. Survivorship declined to zero for at least one sex or age class on each town. All declines were short-lived and populations increased within 1–2 years. The response of these populations to plague differed greatly from other colonies within this complex and for other species of prairie dogs.