Rabid fox prevalence due to population boom, says wildlife manager – Nunatsiaq News

Jan 10, 2022

A rise in reported run-ins with rabid foxes in Nunavut in recent months is related to a boom in fox populations, according to the Environment Department.

Jonathan Pynn is the GN’s wildlife operations regional manager for South Baffin. He said that it’s normal for fox populations to rise and fall over the years, and with a rise in fox populations comes a risk for more rabies infections.

“We have noticed slight increases in some local populations — we’ve had an increased number of reported fox encounters here in Iqaluit this year,” Pynn said.

“With rabies being endemic to foxes, after an increase in the number of foxes, we can expect to see more foxes infected with rabies,” he said.

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