ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The plague appears to be spreading in Albuquerque’s east mountains.
According to Game and Fish the latest plague infection was of a mountain lion and coati at the Wildlife West Nature Park.
A coati is a small raccoon-like animal, both it and the cougar died.
The plague is a bacterial disease of rodents which can be transmitted to humans through bites of infected fleas and contact with infected animals.
Indications of the disease are flu like symptoms.
The Department of Game and Fish is applying insecticides in rodent burrows to kill flees and posting signs to warn people to stay on designated trails.
Plague is usually more prevalent in mountain areas so keep an eye on your pets.