Okay, so why do my red Fox ears keep slipping? I try to keep them as dry as possible as much as possible, and wear vinyl gloves when skinning to avoid heat transfer from my hands. They seem fine until after I pickle and neutralize the hide--then I start losing hair on the backsides of the ears and some on the outer, pigmented layer inside the ears. I keep my pickling bath at about 1 ph. Is there a tanning method that minimizes the chance of this problem? The good thing is I've gotten pretty good at fixing them with ears from tanned fox faces--but it's getting a little old.