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..
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.
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.