Ecology Studies in Western Utah
Annual rept. 1 Jan-31 Dec 1971
ECODYNAMICS INC SALT LAKE CITY UT
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An extensive survey of zoonotic diseases was conducted in the desert region of western Utah. Native mammals, birds and bloodsucking vectors were tested for evidence of tularemia, plague, Q fever and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Positive findings were correlated with ecological parameters. Two epidemics of human tularemia were investigated. Ecological investigations of the native fauna were also conducted with primary emphasis on lagomorphs and rodents. Various aspects of their ecology were studied including basic breeding biology, habitat relationships, population fluctuations, population density, age structure and general population dynamics.