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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: mouth of the Susquehanna
After dispatch, put it into a contractor or leaf bag- the thick kind, seal the bag. You can leave it in there a couple days, then dump it wherever you dump your skinned stuff. Without body heat and no new host, the mites all die, the colder it is, the quicker. After 2 days they should all be dead. Got this info from Bob Wendt, and I think he mentioned 24 hours or something. Do 48 to be safe.
Coyote mange mites can def transfer to a dog! So don't let a trapline dog near it or the catch circle. Also info from Wendt.
In the case of it having a small amount of mange and the back fur is all good, try the bug spray in the bag thing. Again, keep in mind your dogs, and that the mites will die naturally in time. You can also take the skin and freeze it for a few days.
What I do with mangey foxes is hold them a day or 2 on my fenced back porch, then dump. My other option is bury in silage at the dairy farm, next to the dead cows composting also in the old silage. That stuff steams and breaks things down quickly, and that steam should kill the mites faster. I did this once or twice and no sign of anything digging them out. I think any scavenger at that dead pile would be much more interested in any fresher cow bits. When I have a mangey that is salvagable ( mange is only on tail or legs, or small bit on face, or back half is manged but rest is good- these I cape out and have no trouble selling as shoulder capes). I handle mangeys same way as any fox, with nitrile gloves, and I freeze the skins of the salvages right away.