Psoroptic mange is a generalized skin disease in wild sheep caused by the ectoparasitic mite Psoroptes ovis. This mite lives on skin, causing irritation and lesions that can have serious consequences for infected sheep.
There is significant concern over the emergence of psoroptic mange in British Columbia. Through multi-stakeholder collaboration, we are working to minimize transmission of psoroptic mange among wild sheep and support informed adaptive management of infected South Okanagan bighorn sheep herds.
The project was established by Aaron Reid and Andrew Walker, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. It is being managed and implemented with support from Synergy Applied Ecology, an independent firm of professional biologists working on behalf of project partners and stakeholders under multiple agreements with funding organizations.
We recognize the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and anglers, hunters, trappers and guides who contribute to the Trust, for making a significant financial contribution to support the SOKS Bighorn Sheep Psoroptes Project. Without such support, this project would not have been possible.