Foxes may hold key to Lyme disease spread June 24, 2012 New York

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Foxes may hold key to Lyme disease spread June 24, 2012 New York,
A decline in foxes, not an increase in the deer population, may be responsible for the explosion of Lyme disease ... Normally, small mammals get infected by the bacteria and ticks get infected by feeding on the mammals... Foxes will kill many small mammals at once, stashing the kill for later, while coyotes are not as efficient predators of small mammals. As the coyote population has expanded, they've interfered with the suppression of Lyme disease rodent hosts... 

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