Author: Forrest Nelson

EHD Infiltrates Ontario for First Time in History

It was early in September when a pair of dead deer were recovered displaying signs of an odd sickness that prompted the autopsy.  Two deer were submitted to the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative with systemic bleeding as typically seen with deer infected with the deadly Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD). After the autopsy was completed, officials with the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease, Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry confirmed the presence of EHD virus serotype 2. The deadly disease, while relatively common in some southern states, has never before been confirmed...

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Two Louisiana Men Face Charges for Importing CWD Deer into Louisiana, Mississippi

Chronic wasting disease is arguably the number one threat to deer populations in North America today and a pair of Louisiana men put additional animals at risk when they imported live deer from Pennsylvania to game farms in Mississipi and Lousiana. Following a lengthy investigation, officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported that the two men, Edward L. Donaldson Jr., 75, and John Jared Oertling, 42, both of Pearl River, Louisiana, conspired to illegally smuggle deer.  According to court documents, Oertling executed promissory notes in excess of $200,000 to buy over 55 deer for delivery to Louisiana...

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Two Women Hospitalized, Elk Euthanized After Attack

In the second story in as many weeks involving a rutting bull elk and innocent bystanders has surfaced, this time out of Estes Park, Colorado. The western town, known for it’s booming population of elk who often roam the town’s streets made headlines last week after reports surfaced of an aggressive bull attacking a pair of women on Thursday. As blood-curdling screams were heard, officials scrambled to treat the injured women, gored from the attack, and search for the animal, previously known for his temperamental behavior. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife representatives, the animal was eventually located and...

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Rare Case of Rabies in Whitetail Deer Found in North Carolina

With much of the disease-ridden news surrounding whitetail populations across the country focused on hemorrhagic disease (HD) and chronic wasting disease (CWD), some “highly unusual” news has surfaced in North Carolina. With warmer temperatures continuing in much of the east, cases of HD have been popping up in Tennesse, Kentucky and many other states as carcasses of dead deer are turning up around watering holes in many of the affected regions. On the heels of this bad news and as we await the year’s first frost to kill off the mites that transmit the disease to deer, the North...

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Idaho Fish and Game Predicts Lower Mule Deer Harvest in 2017

The bad news surrounding last year’s harsh winter continues in Idaho as many begin preparations for this year’s upcoming hunts, despite the recent good news coming out of neighboring Montana. As most already know, the conditions experienced across much of the American West last winter have taken a toll on deer populations as biologists attempt to assess the damage and forecast what that will mean for hunters in 2017. With record-producing deer harvests over the past couple of years, Idaho is quickly becoming a hunting hotspot, particularly for out-of-state hunters.  For the first time since 2008, nonresident deer tags...

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