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By Sierra Stoneberg Holt
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Tick Fever, New Dimensions


Editor’s note: The following is Part IV of Sierra Holt’s paper, “Reinterpreting the 1882 Bison Population Collapse.”

The full text was presented at the 2017 Winter Grazing Seminar in Glasgow.

Texas tick fever is caused by a protozoan and spread by a tick native to southern Texas. The protozoa destroy blood cells. When the animal’s blood can no longer carry oxygen, it smothers. The few emaciated survivors are easy prey for a harsh winter or predators. Some survivors achieve limited immunity. They can carry ticks to infect healthy herds. If a herd loses contact with the disease f...

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