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The City of Middleton has received numerous inquiries from residents regarding coyotes and has reached out to the DNR who has provided the following information.
 
As far as reports of coyotes/foxes with mange; we have been getting reports of canids with mange throughout the city this summer.  Mange can technically be transferred to domestic dogs but requires prolonged contact with the infected animal or well-used den sites.  While mange can be easily treated in domestic animals, it is difficult to treat in wild animals.  The only licensed facility in our area  that may be able to treat foxes/coyotes is the Dane County Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation center at (608) 838-0413 ext. 151.  It can be challenging to trap these animals and DNR trapping regulations need to be followed.

The City will be reaching out to the Dane County Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation center regarding the numerous reports of a coyote with mange.  The City and the DNR do not track coyote siting’s, however, there is a UW-Madison research project on urban canids. Here is their Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/uwurbancanidproject and general email address uwurbancanidproject@gmail.com . They do collect reports of coyotes and foxes, especially collared ones here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/uw-urban-canid-project
 
 
For general questions regarding coyotes or foxes, please contact
Julie Widholm
Wildlife Biologist – DNR Bureau of Wildlife Management
Cell Phone: 608-516-3895
julie.widholm@wi.gov


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