The only certain things in life are death, taxes, and spring plague/tularemia cases.

From the Albuquerque Journal, "Tularemia, plague cases in NM pets are above average."

(The number of plague and tularemia tests we've submitted to the state lab since March 1st this year are actually slightly below the numbers for the same time period last year, but that was a big surprise to me- we had a couple of weeks recently where it seemed like every patient we saw had a fever and exposure to wild animals.)