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EHD or something else?
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
KsRancher 25-Jul-23
KY EyeBow 25-Jul-23
Catscratch 25-Jul-23
KHNC 28-Jul-23
KsRancher 28-Jul-23
txhunter58 28-Jul-23
KsRancher 28-Jul-23
txhunter58 29-Jul-23
WV Mountaineer 29-Jul-23
From: KsRancher
25-Jul-23
My brother called me last night. He went out fishing yesterday evening. There are several spring fed ponds all together at this place. All are running a fair amount of water out of the overflow pipes. They run water year round even on a dry year. He pulled up to one of them last night and there was a young buck standing in it. As he pulled closer it got out of the pond and wandered over into the trees. It was wanting to get away from the vehicle but didn't have it in it to get too far away. It was REALLY skinny. We are thinking EHD but really don't know. I have not personally ever been around it. This is in south central Ks. Any thoughts

From: KY EyeBow
25-Jul-23
Is it/has it been really dry there recently? In my experience, EHD outbreaks seem to be worse is dry conditions. The reason is the deer seem to congregate more in existing watering areas. These areas are where the "midge", who transfers EHD, congregate as well and this is how it is passed along to the deer. Lots of info out there on it now. It can be devastating to a deer herd depending on how extensive it is. Lots of other things that can give you sick deer though. You may want to call your CO and have them come out and take a look if they are available. Good luck.

From: Catscratch
25-Jul-23
My experience is that ALL sick deer head towards water. EHD is common, but I had an outbreak of brain abscess kill several mature bucks one yr. Would have never known the difference if I hadn't looked. They all died in or near water in the late summer/early fall.

From: KHNC
28-Jul-23
Saw this exact scenario in Ky Sept 2008. Big EHD outbreak that year. I think it happens everywhere on different scales.

From: KsRancher
28-Jul-23
The local biologist came out 2 days and took a look at him he killed him. I think he is testing him. But I think he was thinking EHD

From: txhunter58
28-Jul-23
EHD many times will have a swelling under the throat. Also, it usually kills them quick, so skinny deer doesn’t sound like EHD to me.

From: KsRancher
28-Jul-23
TX. I didn't know that. It will be interesting to see what the biologist comes up with. My brother first seen him on the 24th and he was skinny and looking bad at that time. He was still alive 2 days later and looking worse when the biologist got to him.

From: txhunter58
29-Jul-23

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Certainly possible it’s CWD. Hope it’s not.

29-Jul-23
CWD is my guess

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