Ectoparasite infestations in red squirrel populations

Wed Feb 21 08:36:06 EST 1996

I am a third year Ph.D. student currently examining the effect of 
supplemental feeding on red squirrels. 

During the study I have found dead and dying animals with very heavy 
infestations of sucking lice. Many of the squirrels were in poor 
condition and a few had large infected jaw abscesses. 

I have also caught a small number of healthy adults with lice infestations. 
I'd be interested in hearing if anyone has found ectoparasite 
infestations in populations of other tree squirrels.

craig at

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