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

Table 3


TABLE 3: Number, location, condition, and rabies status of skunks found dead or euthanized during April to July 1992 in Stutsman County, North Dakota.
Location and condition of carcass or remains Rabies status and number
Positive Negative Not tested
Found dead above ground
Intact carcass 15 3 2a
Chewed collar only 0 0 1b
Found dead below ground
Intact carcass 8 2 1c
Cached head only 3d 0 0
Euthanized above ground
Clinical signse 5 0 0
No visible clinical signs 5f 12 1
Lost or not radio-equipped 0 0 4
Total 36 17 9
aBrains were autolyzed; one skunk contained numerous porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) quills in head and chest.
bFound only radio-collar with tooth impressions, consistent with those of a large canid.
cBroken bones were evidence vehicle collision caused lethal injury to animal.
dFound only severed head and neck with attached radio-collar cached under 20 to 25 cm of soil.
eParalysis of hind limbs and heavy salivation.
fOne skunk without apparent clinical signs was shot in farmyard.


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