May 7, 2010 4:17 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Bacteria killing Colorado beavers

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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