Joined: 13 Mar 2007
Location: Jefferson County, Colorado
|Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:39 am Post subject: Mange detected in metro area foxes and coyotes
|News Release from Lakewood Police Department
Mange Found in Area Coyotes and Foxes
December 22, 2010
The Colorado Division of Wildlife has confirmed that sarcoptic mange has been detected in coyotes and foxes in the metro area. The City of Lakewood is now starting to see evidence of the disease that has reportedly been present in surrounding cities such as Arvada, Wheat Ridge and Westminster.
According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, sarcoptic mange is caused by a mite that burrows under the skin causing a scaly appearance, severe itching to the animal, and eventual hair loss. Affected animals are easy to spot by the significant loss of their fur.
Mange is contagious to other animals and to humans, it can be transmitted by direct contact with the affected animal. If you see an animal that appears sick or is deceased, Lakewood animal control recommends the following:
• Do not touch the animal or attempt to befriend it.
• Do not try to feed the animal or any wildlife.
• Keep your pets leashed or confined to prevent contact with any wildlife.
• Report affected animals to your local animal control agency noting the exact location of the animal.
Per Ashleigh Olds, DVM at Aspen Creek Veterinary Hospital:
Horses (and their humans) can certainly have contact with foxes and coyotes, but usually not close enough to transmit the scabies. Horse owners who note itchiness or hair loss should have a veterinary exam to check for scabies (and other more common causes of hair loss and itchy skin such as lice and ring worm). If a skin infection is suspected, owners should avoid direct skin contact with affected animals and wash their hands thoroughly after any suspected contact.