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HD killing “hundreds of deer” in Michigan; dead deer also reported in Nebraska, Wisconsin

September 15, 2012 at 12:24 PM

The Associated Press

Experts: Hundreds of Mich. deer killed by disease

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A disease carried by insects is killing hundreds of Michigan deer.

Experts in western Michigan say at least 200 dead deer have been reported in Calhoun County, and another 250 have been seen in Branch County. The numbers probably are higher because not all deer are reported.

With more than a million deer in the state, the disease is not expected to significantly reduce the Michigan population. Nonetheless, dead deer are unsettling to people who find the carcasses.

Emmett Township police Lt. Tony Geigle tells the Battle Creek Enquirer ( that many deer have been seen along the Kalamazoo River. Sick deer die in or near water because they’re trying to cool their overheated bodies.

Humans and other animals are not at risk.


Information from: Battle Creek Enquirer,

Deer disease EHD reported in southern Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new viral deer disease transmitted by a biting fly known as a midge is suspected of killing deer in Wisconsin, the state Department of Natural Resources said Friday.

The disease known as EHD — or epizootic hemorrhagic disease — has been reported for years in neighboring states. Hot, dry conditions have increased its presence in the Upper Midwest this year. It is more common in the South.

Eric Lobner, a district wildlife supervisor for DNR, said the outbreak appears to be centered in Columbia County, but dead deer have also been reported in Waukesha, Walworth and Rock counties.

He said about 30 deer have been affected so far.

The disease causes internal bleeding, high fever, loss of appetite and weakness. Infected deer are often found sick or dead along bodies of water.

Lobner said any impact on deer population will be minimal and isolated. The disease is typically short lived as the flies that transmit it die with the first hard frost.

There is no way to treat or control the spread of EHD and it is not a threat to humans, Lobner said.

The last time EHD was observed in Wisconsin was in Iowa County in 2002 when 14 deer died.

Anyone who comes across a dead deer is encouraged to contact the DNR so it can keep track of how widespread the outbreak is.

Deer-killing virus spreading across Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says a viral disease has spread to deer populations across much of Nebraska.

Epizootic hemorrhagic disease is suspected in the reported deaths of more than 2,200 Nebraska deer this year.

The disease causes hemorrhaging within the deer’s body. Deer suffering from the virus may develop a high fever and seek water, which is why many deer killed by the disease are found in or near water.

The disease is not a threat to humans.

The commission wants people to report to their nearest Game and Parks office any deer deaths that may be attributed to this disease.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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