Eye of the Jackal (image) University of Texas at Austin Share Print E-Mail Caption It has been thought that scavengers change the environment in which the anthrax bacteria are living by opening herbivores' carcasses, enabling more production of spores -- the infectious life stage of the anthrax bacteria. That hypothesis is not supported by the results of the experiment. Credit Image courtesy of Steve Bellan. Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.