This coyote came in on December 16 with a severe case of mange. The coyote was found in a commercial area in Naperville. Employees of the city of Naperville were able to capture the coyote and bring him in to Willowbrook.
UPDATE! The coyote is improving!! The healing process will still require several weeks to complete. Please note:
* His pressure sores from laying down so long in the wild have healed. Each day, keepers provide him with layers of clean, thick towels for extra comfort. He is also given a large box in his cage to hide in during his recovery.
* He is maintaining his weight since being admitted to the center in the middle of December.
* The hair is finally starting to grow back over his entire body.
Mange is a skin mite that burrows underneath the skin and causes irritation to the hair follicles, causing the hair to fall out. Animals with mange usually also suffer secondary infections from scratching this annoying mite. The animal eventually becomes very weak from lack of food, exposure to the weather, and infection. Mange and the secondary infections it causes are easily treated in captivity with medication. This coyote has responded very well to treatment so far and has already shown signs of improvement!
Keep watching this board for updates on the coyote as he continues to improve and grow his fur back!