The original proposal to study stress in squirrels infected in the laboratory with Leishmania was abandoned after reading a recent report showing malaria in reptiles may be carried by phlebotomine flies that live in ground squirrel burrows during the night. Leishmania is carried by phlebotomine flies so I did not want to risk even the remote chance of causing the establishment of leishmaniasis in local ground squirrels. Since coming to Jackson Hole this summer, however, I have been unable to find the flies in ground squirrel burrows. I used special insect traps placed over burrow openings during the night. Project Number 103.
Noble, Glenn A.
"Natural Stresses and Parasitism,"
Jackson Hole Research Station Annual Report: Vol. 1970
, Article 18.
Available at: http://repository.uwyo.edu/jhrs_reports/vol1970/iss1/18