Saturday, March 28, 2009
There are increasing numbers of balding squirrels in central Kansas.
Biologists say it's from mange that's associated with the density of the animals. The mites carrying the condition that makes them go bald are transmitted by contact.
The weather is apparently the cause. The Wichita area had two cold winters that not only helped kill the mites but froze the squirrels that were carrying the bugs, thus causing fewer animals to come down with the mange.
But this winter was milder, and the mites and hairless squirrels flourished.
Don't worry if you see the hairless squirrels in your backyard. Other species of animals aren't susceptible to the squirrel's mites.