I was fortunate enough to get another buck this morning. He was only about 200m from the spot where I shot the previous one that was suffering hair loss. This ones much worse. The hairs been missing for at least a month as my stalking oppo saw him on the first. Also the skin has gone dark where the hair is missing, interestingly it is still white where the few bits of hair are left. Nodes were normal this time and he seemed fit otherwise.
I am beginning to suspect mange but the skin looks healthy enough.
As an aside the farmer suggests that badgers have very "thin" coats, hair not very dense. I didnt ask how he knew but it surprised me, made me wonder if there is a problem in the area, there is a huge badger population, also a lot of horses. Anyone know if badgers have thin coats? Do you reckon it could be a horse/badger complaint passing to the deer or vice versa.
The first one I tended to think could be moulting but surely the new coat would have appeared after a month?