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Raccoon 'latrines' could have a hidden impact on ecosystems

from Science

A pile of raccoon feces can either be a delicatessen or a death trap. The masked mammals tend to all poop in the same place, and these large mounds of dung contain partially digested seeds that are a treat for some animals, but also contain a roundworm parasite that's lethal to others. Now, after spending 3 years watching these poop piles, researchers have found that species at risk of dying from the parasite give the latrines a wide berth, whereas those that face only tummy trouble often decide that the allure of seeds is worth it. more


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