Wisconsin DNR Tells Hunters To Watch For EHD

Monday, October 1st, 2012 at 7:42 am

State wildlife officials have confirmed that samples submitted from deer found dead in Dane, Sauk and Waukesha counties have tested positive for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD. The disease is often fatal, typically killing an infected deer within seven days. The last EHD observation in Wisconsin was in 2002 in Iowa County where 14 deer died from the virus. EHD is common across southern states and occasionally shows up as far north as the upper Midwest.

This year, outbreaks of EHD have been reported in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. The disease is typically short lived as the flies that transmit the disease die with the first hard frost.

There are several signs hunters are being asked to watch for in deer including excessive salivation or foaming around the nose and mouth or appearing weak and approachable by humans.

Deer infected with EHD may also lay in or near water sources. They will often lay in water to cool down or drink.

Individuals that observe deer exhibiting such signs are encouraged to report their observations to the DNR.

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