A prairie dog likely infected with plague was found at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in Larimer County last weekend.

The prairie dog colony where the infected animal was found has been marked, but the trail remains open. People who have visited Bobcat Ridge recently should be on the lookout for plague symptoms and consult a doctor if they become suddenly ill.

How Do You Get Plague?

Plague can be transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected flea or by close contact with an infected animal. Human plague can be fatal unless properly diagnosed and treated.

How to Avoid Plague

  • Avoid sick or dead animals.
  • Use insect repellent on skin and clothes.
  • Do not camp near rodent nests or burrows.
  • Hunters and trappers should wear gloves when handling dead animals.
  • Do not allow dogs and cats to roam free (dogs are not allowed at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area)
  • Use a flea and tick preventative on dogs and cats as recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Cats are very susceptible to plague.

Learn more about plague from the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.