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  1. Skunks as Pets

    Contributor(s):: Elroy C. Jensen

    The skunk is a small, fur bearing, carniverous, nocturnal mammal belonging to the weasel family (Mustelidae). It is easily recognized by its black and white color and noted for its strong scent. There are four species of skunks in North America, only two of these are present in the Midwest, the...

  2. Rabies in Iowa

    Contributor(s):: Bernie Napolski

    Iowa has one of the highest rates of rabies outbreaks in the country and there is very little the state legislature can do about it. To deal with rabies effectively, the state would have to get to the source of the major portion of rabies cases in Iowa - the skunk.

  3. Striped Skunk- Pet or Threat

    Contributor(s):: Phil Mccune

    Among the various species the veterinarian may be called upon to render his services to is the striped skunk (Mephitis mephitits). These small (3 1/2 - 10 lbs.), short-eared, long-tailed carnivores are best known for their characteristic black and white striped color and unpleasant odor. To the...

  4. Are you treating all creatures great and small?

    Contributor(s):: Cope, I.

    The exotic pet turning up in the waiting room of the local practice is a growing trend. Their owners expect veterinarians to be able to see and triage most species, but is this a fair expectation? Should vets be able to see and treat all creatures great and small or are those days of James...

  5. Critter Assisted Therapy

    Critter Assisted Therapy, is a service offered by Critterish Allsorts, to provide animal assisted therapy services to individual's, groups and institutions, as well as local authorities and private providers of mental health care.

  6. Hazards to wildlife associated with underground strychnine baiting for pocket gophers

    Contributor(s):: Paul L. Hegdal, Thomas A. Gatz

    Under an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contract, we evaluated the hazards associated with strychnine baiting for pocket gophers (Geomys bursarius) with the burrow-builder. On the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota, we treated 662 ha (1638 acres) with 0.5 percent...

  7. The role of bait manipulation in the delivery of oral rabies vaccine to skunks

    Contributor(s):: Stacie J. Robinson, Susan M. Jojola, Kurt C. VerCauteren

    The majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control each year occur in wildlife including skunks, raccoons, bats, foxes, and coyotes. Currently, oral rabies vaccination campaigns are employed to immunize coyotes, foxes, and raccoons. Though skunks are vectors of 6 rabies...