White-tail deer dying in Kentucky – 08/07/2007

  • December 1, 2013 at 8:23 pm #1606

    White-tail deer dying in Kentucky

    My questions — Where does this hemorrhagic disease come from, all of a sudden? Are the deer weak and emaciated before the disease or after? Why are they being found in or near water? How have environmental conditions changed to suddenly bring this result?

    White-tail deer dying in eleven counties
    The Associated Press

    CALHOUN, Ky. –The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is investigating disease deaths of white-tailed deer in western Kentucky.

    The worst outbreak of what is suspected to be hemorrhagic disease is in McLean County, but is also reported in ten other counties. Wildlife Biologist Danny Watson says the disease is carried through the bite of gnats. He says more than 20 dead deer have been reported in McLean County and he says weak and emaciated deer are being found in or near water.

    Watson says hemorrhagic disease is caused by a virus and large outbreaks occur in Kentucky about every two years. Other affected counties are Breckinridge, Christian, Daviess, Hopkins, Logan, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Simpson and Webster.

    Archery season for deer opens statewide September first and Fish and Wildlife reports there’s no reason to curtail the season. They say Hemorrhagic disease is not infectious to humans.


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