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Hight Plains, shortgrass prairie region - Front Range, CO..A Black-tailed prairie dog likely killed by plague lies dead outside its burrow entrance. ..This location just had an outbreak of plauge. Plague is sweeping across prairie dog towns in the Great Plains, and can wipe out huge towns in a short period of time. ..Sylvatic plague (akin to Bubonic plague) is an exotic disease brought to the continent after 1900 and is spread primarily by fleas. ..As fewer prairie dog towns exist and wildlife that depends on these towns get more concentrated, plague has large ramifications for many species that depend on prairie dogs for survival..
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