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Hair Less Fox Squirrel
« on: February 15, 2021, 06:35:56 PM »
Here a week or two I noticed a fox squirrel that looked like it had mange. Comes to my feeders and eats like a horse do you think he will survive  ? It has been around 10/15 degrees for about two weeks I can't figure out how he keeps from freezing.
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Re: Air Less Fox Squirrel
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2021, 08:41:50 PM »
The title threw me, Air less..... I thought, well in must be dead.  :)

I am surprised too.  Must have a warm den and runs out just for meals.

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Re: Air Less Fox Squirrel
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2021, 02:32:19 AM »
Even then, it HAS to eat like crazy just to keep itís metabolism up or else itís going to risk a death from the cold. I donít know if squirrels even get some sort of mange but it would be interesting to find out. Maybe someone such as @WV Sawmiller could tell us.
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Re: Air Less Fox Squirrel
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2021, 09:49:45 AM »
   Yeah I read the title and thought it was a sail squirrel - you know, the ones that are road killed and run over repeatedly till flat.

    I never saw or heard of mange in squirrels. I know it is common in foxes, coyotes, and wolves. We stayed in some hotels in Africa where i worried about it - it is called Scabies when it infests people. Several of my co-workers used to take their own linen over there when they traveled.

    I guess if you could live trap him you could spray or dip him (I bet spraying is easier and safer unless you can dip the whole trap) and he would likely grow more hair. 
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Re: Air Less Fox Squirrel
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2021, 07:10:54 PM »
Hair Less sorry about that :D
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Re: Air Less Fox Squirrel
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2021, 10:53:31 PM »
Autocar,

   Yeah we figured that pretty quit and were just pulling your leg a bit. If it were me I would try to trap and spray him with some mange spray or maybe a mixture of sulfur and mineral oil (We used to use burnt motor oil but I figure mineral oil would be a lot cleaner to use.)

   He would be impossible to twist out of a holler without any hair.
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