This week on Wildlife Weekly, Jackie Edmunds reports on pox: mammalian and avian pox. Both are spread by mosquitoes or infected areas.
Most commonly in mammals, squirrel pox. Little bumps on the skin turn into tumors that effect the animal inside and out. Avian pox effects raptors and songbirds.
The difference between the two is that avian pox lesions can dry out and fall off, eventually healing and leaving the bird alive. However, mammalian pox is almost always fatal, and euthanizing the animal is the best option.
West Nile can also be transmitted through mosquitoes and effects humans, causing tremors and head swelling.
If you find an afflicted animal, call your local animal rehabilitation center. The Dane County Humane Society is available at (608)287-3235