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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-16-2020, 06:05 AM Thread Starter
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Bear with mange

My buddy’s wife up on mountain posted this. DNR had set a trap for him last week. Got caught this week. From what I heard is overall he was healthy so is gonna be treated then released with radio collar..
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Poor thing. Hopefully he makes a full recovery!!
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I wonder if the mange is painful or irritating to them.
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Wow, That is the worst case of mange I ever saw.
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wow, you can't even tell in that night picture because all the hair is gone! Poor thing.

I saw a redfox with it recently. His tail looked like a rat's
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I know this winter has been mild, but you would have to think a case that severe could effect winter survival.
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I wonder if the mange is painful or irritating to them.
Very much so. They will itch so bad they will rub against trees for long periods of time and often even use their claws to rip huge gouges into their flesh.

They can be treated with Ivermectin (don't know if I spelled it correctly) but it only kills the active mites alive at that time and not the eggs. A week to ten days later they need to have a second dose to kill the newly emerged larva.

The good thing is you can give it to them orally. So, if they are coming in some place regularly you can put it in a hot dog or doughnut and toss it to them.

If you can get one dose in them that might be enough to allow their immune system to pick them up. But, in all probability it will take two or three doses to clear it up.

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thanks for the information R.S.B., very interesting.
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Here's a mediocre pic shot with a cell phone out of the truck window of another bear with mange. Wish I had caught a video. When I first saw it the bear was up against a tree scratching. Shot Jul 2017 outside of Clearfield, Pa.
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Wow looks pretty bad!!

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