Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-09-12 10:04:02 –
Nashville, Tennessee (WKRN) – Members of a non-profit organization in Nashville say they have treated four times as much foxes this year as usual.
News 2 talked to Joanna Prosser, the animal management supervisor of Walden’s puddle, about the rise in foxes in the area. She says they saw many of them in Nashville East and West this year.
“We were just looking at the numbers. On average, we get about 10 foxes. This year isn’t over, so we have 37, four times the normal. It’s insane, “explained Prosser.
Prosser states that this rise is currently due to growth in Nashville.
“Nashville is booming. As we grow, more land destroys more buildings and homes, so they lose habitat. So as they get closer and closer, , Mange spreads. Mange spreads through ticks that spread by contact, so it will spread more as they get closer to each other, “Prosser said.
Prosser also said a pandemic could be the reason for this increase.
“People work from home. During quarantine, they may find that they have mouse problems. So they gave out rodenticides because it kills mice slowly. It’s a prey to foxes. For foxes, it’s not a deadly amount, but the more rodenticide mice you consume, the weaker your immune system, ”explained Prosser.
Prosser says he receives tips on the location of these foxes through a volunteer network.
“People posted on Facebook and said they saw something, it might be a dog, but they don’t know what it is because they’re just skin and bones. More and more foxes As they get sick, we will get people to call as they begin to evacuate around the house. They may eat bird seeds, so they are desperate for food. They are just It’s a pitiful little wandering thing, “explained Prosser.
Jerry Bandaiver is one of Walden’s puddle trap hunters.
“Currently, there are about 12 traps set up for foxes. He sets traps, checks it from time to time, he brings it in, and from there we handle it,” Prosser said. ..
Mange is fatal to foxes with weakened immunity.
“It’s really itchy. Infects. When they have it in their bodies, it can lead to sepsis and their organs begin to shut down. They are covered with scabs and enter with their eyes closed. They will come. They are painful skin and bones on the lower back. They have no fur and people don’t know they are foxes, “Prosser explained.
Walden’s Puddle is aimed at rehabilitating injured, sick and orphaned animals. Prosser says that many of the animals they handle are attacked by cars and almost all damage is caused by humans.
“We help squirrels, possums, raccoons, birds and rabbits. There are a lot of birds of prey such as falcons, owls and hayabusa. We get other big foxes, gray and red, coyotes. Sometimes I get a bobcat and I get a turtle. Sometimes a raccoon. Probably an amphibian or two, and a lot of birds, songbirds, robins, bluebirds, foxes, “said Prosser.
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