This week on Wildlife Weekly, host Jackie Edmunds talks about Mange and how to find and help save an animal with Mange. Mange affects mammalian species and can cause many problems for animals.
Mange is caused by parasitic mites that burrow under the skin of the animal it is infecting and lays its eggs. Mange takes a month to start developing and starts with crusty skin. This further develops into loss of hair and irritation. After a bit Mange can cause infections which can lead to death. This can be seen with Mange destroying an entire population of foxes in England. Mange can be transferred to a pet. The nice thing is that Mange is treatable through topical medication.
If you see an animal with signs of mange you can call your local wildlife center. The Dane County Humane Society number is (608) 287-3235.