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Prairie Dog Plague Vaccine Aims To Save Ferrets

In South Dakota prairie dogs have the plague.

Greg Schroeder the Chief of Resource Management at Wind Cave checks to see if this prairie dog has already been implanted with an electronic chip.

The disease can kill off whole colonies and it hurts the effort to restore endangered species like the Black Footed Ferret.  

In order to preserve prairie dogs and ferrets in certain areas a new vaccine is being developed.  Researchers are now testing the vaccine in the field at Wind Cave National Park.

This prairie dog is not dead. It's only under anesthesia so researchers can fit it with a tag and test it for the plague.