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Bluetongue in the Desert Bighorn Sheep

R. M. Robinson, T. L. Hailey, C. W. Livingston and J. W. Thomas
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 31, No. 1 (Jan., 1967), pp. 165-168
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3798372
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3798372
Page Count: 4
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Bluetongue in the Desert Bighorn Sheep
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Abstract

A young desert bighorn ram (Ovis canadensis) approximately 8 months old was found ill in its natural habitat. Inoculation of a suspension of its lung tissue into domestic sheep resulted in lesions typical of bluetongue disease. Serological studies confirmed the diagnosis. The possibility is presented that this disease may have been partially responsible for the disappearance of the desert bighorn from the Trans-Pecos area of Texas.

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