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Parasites of black bears of new jersey

Fimbel, C.C.; Wolgast, L.J.; Mcconnell, P.A.

Bulletin of the New Jersey Academy of Science 36(1): 27-28

1991


Accession: 007631048

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Thirty-four blak bears (Ursus americanus) were trapped in the spring of 1987 and 1988 in north-central New Jersey. Fecal samples and blood smears were collected from 22 trapped animals for the purpose of identifying endoparasites; and external features of 30 individuals were examined for ectoparasites. The following nematodes were diagnosed from 20 fecal samples: roundworms (Baylisascaris sp.) with a 50% prevalence, lungworms (Crenosoma sp.) with a 25% prevalence, and hookworm (Uncinaria sp.) with a 5% prevalence. Blood smears from 22 bears proved negative for endoparasites. Twenty-three American dog ticks (Dermacentor variabilis) had a 20% prevalence on black bears.

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