Psoroptes Turn up in British Columbia Bighorn
According to Global BC, local wildlife biologists have found a single case of "Psoroptes" a skin boring mite in visibly ill bighorn sheep. The mites cause mange in sheep and can be highly contagious.
The sheep was very thin and weak and covered with scabs. Wildlife biologists are worried the highly contagious disease may spread and are now keeping a close eye on the bighorn population. Brian Harris, a wildlife biologist with the Ministry of Environment, says it is important to find out how widespread the disease is, where it originated from and where it is expanding to.