In the Clearwater Region of Idaho, an estimated 50 to 100 white-tail deer have been found dead. As a result, the IFG has been testing the remains for disease.
So far the deer have tested negative for Bluetongue and Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD). State biologists continue to test for other diseases to try to determine the cause of death. Additionally, the deer have tested negative for Adenovirus Hemorrhagic Disease. This disease has been found in neighboring Washington state. However, at this time officials are unsure of the cause of the dead deer.
“We know this is going on, but we don’t know yet what’s causing it and will be working to get an answer to that question as soon as possible.”- Clay Hickey, Regional Wildlife Manager
IFG is asking the public to report any dead deer or sick-looking deer. Currently, they believe this occurrence to be isolated to the Kamiah area. Contact the Clearwater regional office (208) 799-5010 to report a sick or injured deer. You can read more about wildlife news affecting Idaho by clicking here.
Other diseases like CWD have been seen spreading across the US. Consequently, many states have issued laws controlling the movement of harvested animals. In many instances, an animal must be de-boned and the meat packaged before transport. This helps slow the spread.
As hunters and fishers, we have a responsibility to protect wildlife. Keep the laws that are created to help prevent the spreading of invasive species or diseases. If you see something, say something.
Wildlife officers and scientists rely heavily on the public for this type of information. Likewise, if it weren’t for the public, this situation in Idaho could have gone unnoticed.
You can read more about this potential disease outbreak by clicking here.
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