VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — There has been a rise of mangy foxes around the North End area of Virginia Beach and animal control officers say there’s not much they can do about it.
Many residents noticed the rise of red foxes with mange and reported it the Virginia Beach Animal Control, according to their Facebook post.
Officers say mange is a skin disease caused by parasitic mites that leaves the foxes with balding spots and scabs.
They have been monitoring the reports about the mangy foxes since October. Officers say they reached out to local wildlife rehabbers that were willing to treat the foxes, but they have not been able to catch any for several months.
Officers believe this is because the infection compromises the foxes’ sense of sight and smell, making them unable to get to the traps they’ve set up.
They say the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has also been consulted about the issue.
Animal control officers say there’s not much they can do. However, they are encouraging citizens not to feed the foxes or leave out medicated food because it could ultimately make the outbreak worse.