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Hope for the Urban Kit Fox

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The San Joaquin kit fox is one of the San Joaquin Valley's most iconic native species. 

photo courtesy: ©Rick Derevan

The Bakersfield, California population of San Joaquin kit foxes has been a point of hope for the long-term survival of the species, but a new threat has emerged which now puts these urban foxes in jeopardy.  Sarcoptic mange, a common skin condition in dogs and coyotes, has recently spread through the Bakersfield kit fox population and is beginning to kill foxes. 

(before treatment)

In kit foxes, sarcoptic mange causes hair loss, open wounds from scratching, crusting, swollen eyes, and weight loss.  It is 100% fatal if left untreated. This is the first known outbreak of sarcoptic mange in any population of kit foxes and has the potential to devastate this once thriving population.

The California Living Museum (CALM) and the Endangered Species Recovery Program have answered the call to help save the San Joaquin kit fox.  Infected foxes are captured and delivered to CALM, where a dedicated team of volunteers leaps into action, nursing the infected foxes back to health. 

(after treatment and rehabilitation)

This work takes a massive amount of resources, from blankets and gauze, to life saving medicine.  CALM is currently limited in their ability to provide care for foxes, because of dwindling supplies, and a lack of kennels to house sick and injured foxes. 

Donations to CALM via this GoFundMe page will immediately go to providing life-saving care to San Joaquin kit foxes infected with sarcoptic mange.  Your donations will help fund the construction of a new outdoor kennel to house recovering foxes. These outdoor kennels are critical for giving foxes time outdoors to acclimate after being hospitalized for weeks and room to move around during their recovery.  Any funding raised above our $15,000 goal will go to purchasing the vital supplies necessary for helping these incredible foxes.

This effort is being conducted by the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the Wildlife Society

The San Joaquin Valley Chapter is made up of wildlife biologists, nature enthusiasts, hunters and lovers of the outdoors. 

The SJV Chapter:

-Develops and maintains professional standards for wildlife research and management-Enhances knowledge and technical capabilities of wildlife managers
-Advances professional stewardship of wildlife resources and their habitats
-Advocates for the use of sound biological information for wildlife policy decisions
-Increases public awareness and appreciation of the wildlife profession

To learn more about how you can get involved, please visit our Facebook Page .

Top photo courtesy: ©Heather Bell/USFWS, licensed by cc 2.0


  • Rose Wallis
    • $15 
    • 1 yr
  • Annee Ferranti
    • $250 
    • 5 yrs


Skip Moss
Clovis, CA
California Living Museum Foundation (Calm)

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