CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Maryland wildlife managers are reporting an increase in mange, a skin disease caused by parasitic mites, among Maryland black bears.
The Cumberland Times-News reported Tuesday that the Department of Natural Resources has found the disease in six bears killed by vehicles or euthanized by the agency this year. Wildlife specialist Clarissa Harris says that compares with just one or two cases in each of the past five years.READ MORE: Maryland Dept. Of Health Website Operational After Cyberattack
The disease causes hair loss and weakens the animal’s immune system. Its spread is often associated with dense animal populations.READ MORE: Pending Regulatory Approval, Sportsbook At Horseshoe Casino Could Open Friday
Wildlife officials say Maryland’s black bear population has more than doubled since 2005.MORE NEWS: Man Accused Of Killing Evelyn Player Was Working In Her Church, Attorney Says; Will Plead Not Criminally Responsible
The four-day bear hunting season opens Oct. 20, in Garrett and Allegany counties only.
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