Mycobacterium bovis

The effects of reducing population density on contact rates between brushtail possums: implications for transmission of bovine tuberculosis

1. Interactions during mating are thought to be an important mechanism for transmission of tuberculosis (Tb) Mycobacterium bovis in the brushtail possum Trichosurus vulpecula. However, little information is available on […]

The scavenging behaviour of ferrets (Mustela Furo), feral cats (Felis domesticus), possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) and harrier hawks (Circus approximans) on pastoral farmland in New Zealand: Implications for bovine

Aims: To identify species that scavenge carcasses in pastoral habitats in New Zealand; to determine whether there were interspecific or intraspecific differences in scavenging behaviour and; to document any interspecific […]

Natural transmission of Mycobacterium bovis infection in captive brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula)

AIMS: To examine natural transmission of bovine tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis infection) in captive brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) and to determine if this mode of transmission could be employed to challenge […]

Movement of possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) between forest and pasture in Westland, New Zealand: Implications for bovine tuberculosis transmission

Over a 3-year period, 1183 brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula ) were live-trapped in 125 ha of mixed hardwood forest and adjacent pasture in Westland, and 50 were radio-tracked for up […]

Estimating disease transmission in wildlife, with emphasis on leptospirosis and bovine tuberculosis in possums, and effects of fertility control

1. We present methods for estimating disease transmission coefficients in wildlife, using Leptospira interrogans infection (a bacterial disease transmitted predominantly during social contacts) in brushtail possums Trichosurus vulpecula as a […]

Dispersal and survival of juvenile feral ferrets Mustela Furo in New Zealand

1. Introduced feral ferrets Mustela furo are a significant pest of both conservation and economic importance in New Zealand. Ferrets prey on indigenous wildlife and they also carry bovine tuberculosis […]