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COYOTES WITH MANGE: Infected animals in Denver area raises awareness for pet owners

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DENVER (KDVR) — A coyote roaming on the Fairmont Cemetery, suspected to have mange, was noticed and photographed by folks visiting late members of the family.

“I ran into this weird-looking animal,” David Bakke, who photographed the coyote mentioned.   

At first, Bakke mentioned the coyote was unrecognizable due to how sick it seemed.

“What the heck is that, is that a ghost dog?” Bakke mentioned.

Bakke took a number of images of the coyote and posted them to NextDoor. He mentioned a number of neighbors responded involved about each the coyote and their pets.

“He was cruising around real slow and saving his energy,” Bakke mentioned.

Jason Clay with Colorado Parks and Wildlife mentioned that it isn’t fully unusual to see animals with mange throughout the metro area. He acknowledged it’s a part of nature however vital to maintain a secure distance.

“The thing about mange is it’s caused by a parasite that causes intense itching in them. It can be transferred from skin to skin contact or social spaces,” Clay mentioned.

Clay mentioned CPW doesn’t reply usually to animals with mange; he mentioned solely in only a few instances. He desires the general public to recollect until you will have a allow with the state, like wildlife rehabilitation services, it’s in opposition to the legislation to present wildlife remedy. He mentioned not solely is it a threat to different wildlife but additionally pets.

“It’s part of nature and we let nature take its course,” Clay mentioned.

If you will have an in depth encounter with a coyote, Clay mentioned the most effective factor to do is scare it away with loud noises. You can all the time contact CPW in case you have additional questions.