Every year we plot mange occurrence on our database, this we then link to the UK
map. This gives us a visual of where Sarcoptic mange in foxes is occurring. Plotting
mange occurrence on the database gives us an indication of not only where it occurs
but in what month and whether over a period of years any particular months stand
out or any particular area.
Just looking at mange occurrence over the last four years 2005 - 2008 already we
can start to see similarities in certain months. Just roll your mouse over the images
for a larger picture
Mange Occurrence 2005 - 2008
Left you will see the requests for treatment in each month of the year shown from
2005 through to 2008.
From studying the graphs we can clearly see the time we get most reports regarding
mangy foxes is May. This may have something to do with the fact that cubs born in
April will in May be above ground, so the fox population as a whole as significantly
increased, hence more people are seeing more foxes and more people are reporting
the mange if it is present. What, after studying these figures we will now do is
find out whether the requests for treatment are indeed for adults or cubs.
A significant drop in requests for mange treatment is noted after August, whilst
we could conclude that mange drops in the colder months, it could also be something
to do with the darker nights, so any analysis of details is hard. From the end of
August onwards the darker nights could be the reason why the requests are significantly
less, however if this was indeed true one would expect the same results for January,
February and March.