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EHD outbreak noted near Crete

August 16, 2010 at 11:35 AM

CRETE, Ill. (AP) - A deadly deer disease is causing problems in Chicago’s south suburbs where residents are finding dead or dying deer in their backyards and in nearby forest preserves.

Officials with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources say more than 30 deer have been discovered to be dying from an insect-born virus known as EHD, or epizootic hemorrhagic disease. The department began monitoring the situation near Crete late last month.

Some residents have found deer frothing at the mouth, approaching homes and humans, and dying near creeks. Those are all signs of EHD.

Crete resident David Green calls the situation “scary” and describes the smell as “horrendous.”

The last major outbreak of EHD in Illinois in 2007 killed 1,900 deer in 57 counties.

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there a couple tings I wonder about in this article…
1-only 1 case has been confirmed by the state
2-EHD should be expected with the high waters and high numbers of deer we have
3- according to the state biologist at IDNR it was 4-5—deer in 2007, not 1900 in Illinois

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/16 at 01:03 PM

sorry it was 400-500 deer in 2007

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/16 at 01:03 PM

fe2manz- It was definitely more than 4-500 deer that were killed in ‘07. If the state biologist said that he is wrong.

Posted by illin on 08/16 at 04:21 PM

This whole story cracks me up! Not because deer are dying however-but because it says the IDNR is monitoring the situation- hell, they didn’t “Monitor” the situation in 2007! They hardley talked about it! and 1900 deer in 57 counties- There were that many dead in Two counties where I Live! I’d like to know what IDNR employee is being quoted with that figure, because that person Missed a 0 at the end of that number- And More! They didn’t want to talk about it then because it could of had a negative effect on there permit sales, especially their beloved NonResident Revenue! Of couse, that’s why they are the IDNR-  ” IL. Dept. of NonResident Revenue”’

What state biologist say’s 400 to 500? I’d LOVE to know his/her name??? 400 died in a couple townships by my house! Mr. green calls 30 dead deer “scary and Horrendous”. I had that many dead around my house in 2007-good thing he didn’t live here! HeeHee!

EHD is not expected from high water by the way, it’s just opposite! Low water/dry conditions allow the insect to come out of the mud, and that isn’t gonna happen in most of the state this year, that’s for sure-

This was the comedic story of the year! Thanks for the laugh!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/17 at 06:03 PM

I live near Mr. Walmsley and can attest to what he said.  The Boy Scouts have a 1000 acres in the same area and that was the first year they put it up for lease and it went for around $100/acre then EHD hit and killed alot of the deer in the park including 100 in one lake.  Needless to say they didn’t end up getting near $100/acre.  Now imagine if the DNR went public with that information.  Actually I wish they were that stupid and we could pawn off some extra NR idiots on the rest of you guys around the state.

Posted by Metallicat85 on 08/17 at 07:49 PM

Tim, in 2007 i knew a man in edwards county who found several dead.  I personally dont think we got it that bad HERE then but i hear alot of counties out west did.  And yes you are right about dry years. It also makes deer use water holes more during dry years since deer generally get 90 percent of their water from what they eat.  when the moisture content in biomass drops deer move to water holes which they havent here.  I cant get a picture on my best waterhole at this point. On dry years this hole is good for 100 pictures a day.  I seriously doubt the IDNR is doing anything to monitor this situation?  And if they do monitor it and find out 40,000 deer die what will they do?  Slow down tags sales?  IM sure thats right up there on the list isnt it.  Metallicat thats not very nice to wish that on us!! Buddy called me ten minutes ago telling me theres a group of guys from beese out this way asking everyone they can find to hunt.  They took a vacation week to come out and ask every farmer in the county if they could hunt their land.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/18 at 12:37 PM

Clint I don’t really wish that on anyone but a break from the madness would be nice.  No one deserves any of it really and sorry to hear about your friend’s misfortune.  I’m not sure where you are exactly but that sounds like the “GOLDEN TRIANGLE” 10 years ago, maybe longer!.  I hope for your sake it doesn’t last long.

Posted by Metallicat85 on 08/18 at 04:06 PM

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