EHD in Montana September 18, 2013

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EHD in Montana September 18, 2013 Field and Stream
We're a ways off from the killing frosts that will put an end to the suffering of EHD stricken deer ... The good news about whitetails in Montana is they are doing very well across the vast majority of the state. Still, reports of major losses are still coming in from Montana’s central river valleys and around other water sources that concentrate deer. It’s a similar story for Wyoming ... 

... "The deer appear to drop dead in their tracks," said agency educator Vivaca Crowser, adding that the deer showed no outward signs of injury or sickness.  Wildlife experts said a viral disease ... may be the culprit, but they were awaiting results from testing by a state lab of organ and blood samples...


... “They come down to water because they’re just burning up inside,” Kolbe said. “I’m hoping to find a still-live one to dispatch so we can get a definite confirmation. These are too far gone to get good blood or tissue.” ... A virus that causes epizootic hemorrhagic disease is the most likely culprit... Mule deer, elk, antelope and bighorn sheep can also get EHD, but incidents are rare...

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