Laying in a pile of leaves shivering, she finds one of the few places left not covered by snow. Mange* is taking its toll leaving her tail and rear with little hair. The itching is starting to consume her, open sores are developing, and she will start to lose weight and become weak. Eating and sleeping are second to the constant need to relieve the itching. She won’t survive the winter if she doesn’t get help.
The good news is mange is 100% treatable if caught in time. Wild Earth Refuge’s rescue team is working hard to save our Oshawa coyote girl. We’ve accessed the area and have developed a game plan. Now we’re in the midst of the hardest part: Sitting and waiting until she becomes sick enough that it slows her down. ( because even though the mange is progressing every day she is still too quick for us to capture.)
Being a wildlife rehabilitator doesn’t stop at treating injured and orphaned wildlife. Many times it also involves going out into the field and rescuing the very animal you need to rehabilitate. This past summer one of Wild Earth refuge’s rescues involved capturing a young coyote pup with mange living in the 407 construction zone. I’m happy to say that even though his mange was advanced, both him and his brother were treated and recently released. They were 100% health and plump, ready for the winter.
Due to space limitations, animals of this size are transferred to another facility. Wild Earth Refuge has worked hard to foster strong connections with other wildlife rehabilitation centres and sanctuaries. We all help one another. All the same though, it is difficult to let go when you’ve become so involved with a particular animal, but we are hoping this will change. We rely on public donations and it’s the public that can help us grow so we can provide more resources. We want to be able to help as much wildlife as we can and provide resources to an under -serviced area.
We will keep you updated on our Oshawa Coyote and the many animals we will help rescue and rehabilitate this winter. Please visit our Facebook page so you don’t miss out on all these exciting adventures. If you want to support our efforts please visit our page Help Save Lives and become a “ Winter Sponsor.”
(*Mange is an aggressive and contagious disease that is plaguing our coyote and fox population. Skin changes can include severs hair loss, crusty scabs, blindness, impaired hearing and difficulty eating. As the disease advances the animal may become weak and emaciated and secondary infections can develop. If left untreated the animal can die of exhaustion and dehydration.)