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Foxes with mange

Post  Wildliferescuer on Sun Dec 14, 2008 10:59 am

I was wondering if anyone who deals with wildlife or anyone who just sees foxes regularly has noticed an increase in mange in foxes.
We have dealt with several in the last few weeks, and are taking calls almost on a daily basis from people who have seen a mangy fox.
The number we deal with normally goes down during the winter months as the cold weather kills off the mites but this year is exceptional.
Luckily it is easily treatable if we can treat it soon enough but if left untreated it can eventually cause a horrible death, usually either by starvation or by secondary infection.
Any sightings? Unsure
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Post  Trish on Sun Dec 14, 2008 11:32 am

I haven't seen a fox for ages, but I am sure there are plenty round here, lots of countryside.

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Post  Bethany on Sun Dec 14, 2008 12:15 pm

I hear them sometimes in the Winter, when the Vixons cry out for a mate. We have also had them scavange our bins, but I have not seen them in years.
I have done alot of research on Foxes, and Mange is a big problem. I'll say more about it when I have more time. But they get scabs which bleed and their fur falls out. A horrible site.

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Post  Wildliferescuer on Sun Dec 14, 2008 12:27 pm

Bethany wrote:I hear them sometimes in the Winter, when the Vixons cry out for a mate. We have also had them scavange our bins, but I have not seen them in years.
I have done alot of research on Foxes, and Mange is a big problem. I'll say more about it when I have more time. But they get scabs which bleed and their fur falls out. A horrible site.

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Yes, sarcoptic mange is caused by mites(sarcoptes scabiei) which burrow under the skin & cause intense itching. The foxes scratch & scratch, their fur starts to fall out & eventually a thick crust builds up mainly over the back & hindquarters of the animal. Lesions in the crust start to become infected & often this infection is what kills the fox eventually, along with the fact that they haven't been able to hunt properly & are therefore starving too.
A fox with severe mange is a very sorry sight & they should be treated as soon as possible before they get to this stage.
Mange can also be transferred to humans, when it is known as scabies. It's awful, I can vouch for that - I've had it 3 times now!!
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Post  Bethany on Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:00 am

Poor you. Sounds horrible. This mange is really bad.

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