Disease kills thousands of deer

Oct 23 2012 - 9:38am

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(Oct 12, 2012)There won't be a hunting season for Duane Klein and his son Jaxsen look at the body of a dead white tail deer on their land in rural Clinton County, Mich. on Oct. 12, 2012. Michigan's Department of Natural Resources reported that the outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) has produced more than 8,500 confirmed deer deaths in Michigan this year. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Dale G. Young )
A deer carcass lays next to a dried-up waterhole in rural Clinton County, Mich. on Oct. 12, 2012. Michigan's Department of Natural Resources reported that the outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) has produced more than 8,500 confirmed deer deaths in Michigan this year. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Dale G. Young )
(Oct 12, 2012)There won't be a hunting season for Duane Klein and his son Jaxsen look at the body of a dead white tail deer on their land in rural Clinton County, Mich. on Oct. 12, 2012. Michigan's Department of Natural Resources reported that the outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) has produced more than 8,500 confirmed deer deaths in Michigan this year. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Dale G. Young )
A deer carcass lays next to a dried-up waterhole in rural Clinton County, Mich. on Oct. 12, 2012. Michigan's Department of Natural Resources reported that the outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) has produced more than 8,500 confirmed deer deaths in Michigan this year. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Dale G. Young )

LANSING, Mich.  -- Officials say an insect-spread deer disease has been found in at least 29 Michigan counties and is to blame for the deaths of more than 10,400 deer in the state.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced new figures Monday on the illness.

It's called epizootic hemorrhagic disease. The virus causes extensive internal bleeding and is transmitted by a type of biting fly called a midge.

The disease isn't a threat to humans.

The DNR says it expects that hunters will find more dead deer. It wants people to continue to report sightings of dead deer.

The DNR will be taking reports of dead deer that are likely EHD-related until Jan. 1. Reports may be made to wildlife offices or by filling out an online form.

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Online:

http://www.michigan.gov/wildlifedisease

 

 

 

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