Viral disease can be devastating to local deer herds

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 Posted 11/12/2012 5:21:31 AM
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Viral disease can be devastating to local deer herds
Viral disease can be devastating to local deer herds
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 Posted 11/12/2012 5:35:26 AM
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Taking into consideration that weather plays a significant role in fall deer movement, the numbers seen by a collective of which I am a part have been very low in the north central region of the state. In addition, one member who recently floated the Tippecanoe thru portions of Kosciusko & Fulton Co reported what he described as an alarming number of dead deer along it's banks, which could indicate bluetongue is more prevelent than currently thought.

The bottom line is disease effect is a best guess by almost anyone including the DNR at this time. Hopefully hunting regulations will not be placed in a postion of overeacting next year.
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 Posted 11/12/2012 5:48:38 AM
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As My Voice and the article hints at, the disease causes deer to seek out water to cool themselves, so the dead are mostly found in or around water.

Edited: 11/12/2012 5:49:31 AM by Buford
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 Posted 11/12/2012 8:09:28 AM
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I was just talking with a co-worker about how there seems to be many less dead ones laying on the sides of the roads this fall.  I thought it was the economy driving people to eat roadkill.
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