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Population and Movement Characteristics of Radio-Collared Striped Skunks in North Dakota During an Epizootic of Rabies


We thank personnel of the Northern Prairie Science Center, particularly C. Miller, J. Moodie, D. Pietruszewski, and K. Vesey for field assistance, D. Rova for data entry, and C. Nustad for drafting illustrations. We also thank personnel of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, North Dakota State University, Fargo, particularly M. Moen for providing information on the incidence of rabies in skunks submitted from Stutsman County for testing, E. Lundeen for preparing slides of skunk brain tissue, and S. Wilson for conducting fluorescent antibody tests. We are grateful to P. Vannigen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge, Pingree, North Dakota, for facilitating access to Refuge lands. We thank G. Wobeser, Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Unit, and D. Haines, Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon for diagnostic services. For comments on earlier drafts of this manuscript we thank S. Allen, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, Bismarck; G. Casey, Animal Disease Research Institute, Agriculture Canada, Nepean, Ontario; J. Beiser, J. Keough, D. Larson, M. Sovada, Northern Prairie Science Center; and two anonymous reviewers. We also thank the landowners who provided access to their farms for this study. Ages of skunks were estimated by Matson's Laboratory, Milltown, Montana.
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