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Johnson County foxes have mange

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Iowa City Animal Services has received reports of Red Foxes in the Iowa City area that are acting lethargic, appear sick and have a scruffy appearance. Animal Services believes these animals are suffering from Sarcoptic mange.

Sarcoptic mange is the name for the skin disease caused by infection with the Sarcoptes scabei mite.

These foxes are not generally a threat to people, dogs, cats, etc. They are close to people and buildings because there may be easy food such as cat or dog food left out in dishes, bird seed, garbage, insects, worms, road kill or rodents. They are also losing their ability to thermo regulate and need protection from wind and sun.

Animal Services is tracking the whereabouts of these animals and asks the public to report sightings of sick animals that seem in distress to 356-5295. Please do not call the Iowa City Police Department unless an animal is down and unable to move or has bitten someone.

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