Mange decimates population of San Joaquin kit foxes

Sarcoptic mange is cause significant declines in the San Joaquin kit fox population in Bakersfield, California. ©BLM California

The population of San Joaquin kit foxes (Vulpes macrotis mutica) in Bakersfield, California is declining rapidly due to an outbreak of sarcoptic mange. Bakersfield’s KBAK/KBFX reports that the population of the endangered species has plunged 50 percent in recent years. “Five years ago we had a nice population of foxes in (Bakersfield), and then we started getting calls about sick-looking animals,” Erica Kelly, a research ecologist for California State University, Stanislaus’s Endangered Species Recovery Program, told Caused by a mite infestation, sarcoptic mange is fatal to the foxes.   

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