Colorado asks for public help in tracking deadly rabbit diseaseChristian Fernsby ▼ | May 11, 2020
Feral and wild rabbits found recently at two sites in southeastern Colorado died from the highly contagious and deadly Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus type 2 (RHDV-2).
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The CPW wildlife health program confirmed that RHDV-2 killed at least 20 feral rabbits near Calhan, about 35 miles northeast of Colorado Springs in El Paso County. They were reported to CPW on May 2.
And the disease was confirmed in a cottontail collected April 25 in rural Prowers County, which borders Kansas and includes the town of Lamar.
RHDV-2 is considered a foreign animal disease and is of high concern at the state and federal levels. Only recently did scientists discover RHDV-2 had infected North American cottontails or hares as cases were reported in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. Now cases have been reported in other Western states. ■