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Campground closed after ground squirrel tests positive for plague
LATimes ^ | 7/04/10 | Ruben Vives

Posted on 07/04/2010 4:40:42 PM PDT by blueyon

Los Angeles County public health and U.S. Forest Service officials have closed the Los Alamos Campground in the Angeles National Forest after a California ground squirrel captured two weeks ago tested positive for plague.

The camp, between Gorman and Pyramid Lake, was closed Saturday afternoon and will remain closed for at least 10 days, said Jonathan Fielding, the county's public health director. Squirrel burrows in the area will be dusted for fleas, and further testing will be conducted before the campground is reopened.

"We're fortunate to have caught this," Fielding said. "This case now is about prevention."

Plague is a bacterial disease in wild rodents that can be

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: la; obama; plague; publichealth; theplague
Well, I don't think I will be going camping this week..............
1 posted on 07/04/2010 4:40:47 PM PDT by blueyon
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To: blueyon

Do plague infested squirrels taste like chicken? :)


2 posted on 07/04/2010 4:42:34 PM PDT by Perdogg (Nancy Pelosi did more damage to America on 03/21 than Al Qaeda did on 09/11)
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To: blueyon

Bring out your dead.


3 posted on 07/04/2010 4:42:38 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: blueyon

Brunswick stew, anyone?


4 posted on 07/04/2010 4:44:12 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Perdogg

taco’s


5 posted on 07/04/2010 4:51:19 PM PDT by Doogle (IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN....PLEASE donate, because it's the RIGHT thing to do)
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To: blueyon

Manuel: I say to man in shop “Is rat.” He say “No, no, no. Is a special kind of hamster. Is filigree Siberian hamster.” Only one in shop. He make special price: only five pound.
Basil: Have you ever heard of the bubonic plague, Manuel? It was very popular here at one time. A lot of pedigree hamsters came over on ships from Siberia.


6 posted on 07/04/2010 4:51:19 PM PDT by agrarianlady
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To: blueyon

This is quite common on the Navajo Reservations. Every so many years the Prairie Dogs spread the plague. Then it goes underground again for a few years only to resurface again.


7 posted on 07/04/2010 5:01:11 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Perdogg

Ground Squirrels taste like sh**, with or without plague!


8 posted on 07/04/2010 5:02:44 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Perdogg

Its all about their fleas my FRiend.Get some on you or your dog and we have a very sick set of puppies.


9 posted on 07/04/2010 5:06:56 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama .......yes.......is fascist... ...He meets every diagnostic of history)
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To: blueyon
the LA squirrels also are very aggressive on golf courses. Heck some will practically unzip a bag to see if there is anything to eat in there. Golfers beware especially at Angeles National.

Albert Camus book The Plague is what inspired me to be a writer.

10 posted on 07/04/2010 5:26:50 PM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: calex59
I prefer the tree rat variety. Especially after you tenderize them in a pressure cooker for about thirty minutes, then throw 'em in a slow cooker with some good sauce for about four hours. The meat tastes like mild beef and falls off the bone.

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11 posted on 07/04/2010 5:52:49 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: Perdogg

I hear they are greasier... LOL


12 posted on 07/04/2010 5:58:14 PM PDT by RebelTXRose
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To: blueyon

sfl


13 posted on 07/04/2010 6:04:29 PM PDT by phockthis
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To: Perdogg

Back in the good ol’ hunting days at the deer lease, I would get up early, go to the pecan grove and get a couple for breakfast. Fried squirrel, biscuits & gravy for breakfast and baked quail for dinner is mighty good out there in the cold.

Wild turkey was great baked in a ground pit. Never liked rabbit though.


14 posted on 07/04/2010 6:10:22 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

Tree squirrels have lots of fleas also. I wonder if they’re bad
or if it’s just the ground squirrels that have the special fleas.


15 posted on 07/04/2010 6:13:57 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: Viking2002

Agree, tree squirrels are good. The biggest of the tree variety here in CA are the Gray squirrels, no fox squirrels here. There are several smaller species in the high country but most people don’t hunt them.


16 posted on 07/04/2010 6:50:51 PM PDT by calex59
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To: blueyon

“We’re fortunate to have caught this,” Fielding said.

I’m guesing he’s a glass half full kind of guy.


17 posted on 07/04/2010 6:55:54 PM PDT by B.Lyle
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To: calex59

NM east of Abq is ground zero for plague. We have 1 or 2 fatalities here a year.

I hate ground squirrels, they tear up my landscaping. Tough to kill too. I zapped one through the lungs with a CCI stinger and it still ran 40 yards before slowing down.


18 posted on 07/04/2010 7:00:19 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Perdogg

No they taste like death


19 posted on 07/04/2010 7:04:23 PM PDT by packrat35 (Planned Parenthood - Keeping healthcare costs down, one fetus at a time)
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To: blueyon
... a California ground squirrel captured two weeks ago tested positive for plague.

A good bit of the country thinks Californians in general are a plague.

20 posted on 07/04/2010 7:05:22 PM PDT by uglybiker (BACON!!)
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To: agrarianlady

Siberian Hamsters! I forgot about that one. Later in that episode Basil himself refers to the rat as a Siberian Hamster to one of his guests.

Here in my neck of the woods in Washington they call squirrels “tree rats”.


21 posted on 07/04/2010 7:26:08 PM PDT by ReluctantDragon
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To: blueyon

Great... Now I’ve got the “Bring out your dead” bit from Monty Python playing in my head but with squeaky voices.


22 posted on 07/05/2010 12:09:46 AM PDT by Redcloak (What's your zombie plan?)
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To: blueyon
I've lost track -- with the Gulf Oil Spill, and all of the earthquakes -- and now this outbreak of plague...

Which of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse are we on now: three or four?

23 posted on 07/05/2010 12:21:11 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: Redcloak

LOL!


24 posted on 07/05/2010 8:32:40 AM PDT by married21
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