Raccoon Social Networks and the Potential for Disease Transmission

  title={Raccoon Social Networks and the Potential for Disease Transmission},
  author={Ben Hirsch and Suzanne Prange and Stephanie A. Hauver and Stanley D. Gehrt},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Raccoons are an important vector of rabies and other pathogens. The degree to which these pathogens can spread through a raccoon population should be closely linked to association rates between individual raccoons. Most studies of raccoon sociality have found patterns consistent with low levels of social connectivity within populations, thus the likelihood of direct pathogen transmission between raccoons is theoretically low. We used proximity detecting collars and social network metrics to… CONTINUE READING
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