Linear regressions were calculated to evaluate the distribution of reports of rabid animals and some of the factors that might influence reporting rates in Oklahoma. There was a significant relationship between the distribution of human populations and reports of rabid animals other than cattle and skunks. There was no evidence that the presence of the livestock industry per se had an influence on reporting rates. Distance to the laboratory was apparently a factor influncing submission of heads of cattle and skunks, but not other rabid animals. Reporting rates for rabid skunks are probably poor and those reported may represent only a small fraction of actual numbers. Reports of rabid pets, and to a lesser extent rabid cattle, are probably better biological indicators of the true distribution and intensity of the skunk rabies problem. These reports indicate that problem areas for rabies in Oklahoma, where skunks are the primary rabies vector, are characterized by high indices of habitat diversity.
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