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Deer Hit by Disease in Neighboring States

Posted: Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 at 6:24 am
Author: KCII News - Brad Gaspelin

With another Deer Season starting on the 11th and already low numbers of deer in the area, hunter may have another worry to think about. Deer in North and South Dakota, Kansas, and Wyoming have been affected by a disease that causes deer to bleed internally among other symptoms. Bill Odhe, a wildlife biologist at Lake Darling State Park, says the disease also causes deer to bleed at the mouth and sometimes shed their hooves. He says we have seen this disease in Iowa before, but it usually doesn’t have a big effect on the population. He thinks the reason we are seeing it in other states now is because of the mild winter which allows the midges which transfer the disease to stay active for longer. He says hunters should report it to the DNR if they see any deer with these symptoms, but doesn’t see it as something to worry about. For more information on this disease, listen to our In Touch Program today, or online at