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Abundance of Cottontails and Their Fleas at Red Bluff Ranch, New Mexico

Donald L. Forcum, Chester D. Rael, John R. Wheeler and Bryan E. Miller
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 33, No. 2 (Apr., 1969), pp. 422-424
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3799847
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3799847
Page Count: 3
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Abundance of Cottontails and Their Fleas at Red Bluff Ranch, New Mexico
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Abstract

Estimates of cottontail (Sylvilagus auduboni) abundance were positively correlated with overall flea indices (r = 0.857) and with the predominant flea species index (Hoplopsyllus glacialis affinis) (r = 0.743). Some flea species found on these cottontails are known transmitters of plague in New Mexico.

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