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Colo. beavers succumbing to fatal bacteria

TELLURIDE, Colo. – Beavers found dead in western Colorado have likely succumbed to a common waterborne bacteria.

Colorado Division of Wildlife officials say that several beavers have been found dead in San Miguel and Gilpin counties. The culprit was an outbreak of a bacteria called tularemia, which can infect animals that spend a lot of time in water.

Five beavers have been found dead near Telluride, and three beaver carcasses were reported in Gilpin County.



Dr. Lisa Wolfe, a state wildlife veterinarian, says outbreaks of tularemia are common and pose little threat to humans.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com


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