A collaborative research team, including UC Davis epidemiologist Janet Foley, recently found that bobcat populations in urban Southern California with anticoagulant rodenticides in their system were more likely to suffer from notoedric mange — or feline scabies — a disease that causes animals to lose hair and protein through their skin, makes them anemic  and leads to a slow, painful death. This is the first time that these anticoagulant rodenticides have been directly linked to changed immune system and organ function in wildlife.

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