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Bobcats face deadly diseases, weakened immune systems from exposure to household rat poison

Caught between the green lawns and the brown hills of Southern California is the North American bobcat, Lynx rufus.While not technically endangered, scientists as recently as June have watched healthy bobcats die of severe mange, a common skin disease caused by parasitic mites normally afflicting canines. Local scientists believe the tuft-eared wildcats are being poisoned by eating gophers or ground squirrels that have ingested rat poison left in yards by homeowners or near dams and other government structures. The rodenticide, an anticoagulant, enters the bobcat's digestive system as a prolonged secondary exposure, making them unable to fight off common diseases such as mange.

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