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

Table 4

TABLE 4: Size and location of bite marks and rabies status of 60 striped skunks found dead or euthanized in Stutsman County, North Dakota during April-July 1992.
Size and location of bite marks Rabies status and number
Positive Negative Not tested
Largea punctures
On body or head 7b 1 0
On detatched radio-collar 0 0 1c
Smalld punctures
On limbs 2 0 1e
On limbs and head 5 2 0
On head 1 0 0
On attatched radio collar 1 0 0
Scars on muzzle 1 2 0
No bite marks or scars 19 12 1
Unknown 0 0 4
Total 36 17 7
aPunctures 3 to 4 mm diameter; spacing between punctures was about 35 to 40 mm, consistent with teeth of large canid.
bIncludes three skunks whose heads were apparently severed by a large canid and cached.
cRadio-collar crushed severely, consistent with chewing by large canid.
dPunctures 0.5 to 1.0 mm diameter; when evident, spacing between punctures was about 10 to 15 mm, consistant with teeth of a skunk-sized animal.
eContained numerous porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) quills in head and chest.

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