Landscape Structure and Plague Occurrence in Black-tailed Prairie Dogs on Grasslands of the Western USA

@article{Collinge2005LandscapeSA,
  title={Landscape Structure and Plague Occurrence in Black-tailed Prairie Dogs on Grasslands of the Western USA},
  author={Sharon K. Collinge and Whitney C. Johnson and Chris Ray and Randy Matchett and John Grensten and Jack F. Cully Jr. and Kenneth L. Gage and Michael Y. Kosoy and Jenella E. Loye and Andrew P. Martin},
  journal={Landscape Ecology},
  year={2005},
  volume={20},
  pages={941-955}
}
Landscape structure influences the abundance and distribution of many species, including pathogens that cause infectious diseases. Black-tailed prairie dogs in the western USA have declined precipitously over the past 100 years, most recently due to grassland conversion and their susceptibility to sylvatic plague. We assembled and analyzed two long-term data sets on plague occurrence in black-tailed prairie dogs to explore the hypotheses that plague occurrence is associated with colony… 

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