CDFW Continues to Monitor Desert Kit Foxes in Riverside County

CDFW News

Media Contacts:
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908
Deana Clifford, Wildlife Investigations Lab, (916) 358-2378

Researchers Follow Up on 2012 Distemper Outbreak

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has completed the second year of surveys of desert kit foxes in eastern Riverside County.

The recent monitoring was part of a follow-up program to assess the overall health of the foxes, following a distemper outbreak that began in late 2011. Researchers from CDFW’s Wildlife Investigations Lab (WIL) trapped, examined and tagged 70 foxes over a two-week period. The examination included drawing blood for detection of the canine distemper virus, swabbing the eyes, throat and nose to detect viral shedding and fitting a small number of foxes with radio collars to continue ongoing survival monitoring.

“Proactive wildlife management programs such as the desert kit fox surveys will allow us to monitor the overall population health and determine if any stress…

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