Mammals, including deer, coyotes, foxes, and many domestic mammals.
Infected animals may have small patches of hair loss, or it may extend over most of the body.
Depending on the cause, some animals may have thickened and/or scabby skin.
Mange is a common cause of hair loss, especially in deer. See the entry on Mange for more information.
Possibly. Many of the infectious causes of hair loss in mammals can also infect humans.
Infections in humans are usually mild and can be successfully treated by doctors using antibiotics.
No. Domestic animals can be infected by direct contact by many of the bacteria, parasites, and fungi that cause hair loss in wildlife.
Hair loss can be caused by a variety of bacteria, parasites, and fungi. Two common causes of hair loss in deer are demodicosis (a form of mange usually caused by Demodex mites) and dermatophilosis (caused by the bacterium Dermatophilus congolensis). Other bacteria and parasites, such as lice, chiggers, and ticks, may cause varying degrees of hair loss.