By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large
Foot rot cases in deer are on the rise in Kansas
raising concern among hunters and landowners. Foot rot, which causes lesions and abnormal hoof growth, has been reported in 14 counties, and cases are apparently increasing.
Deer can contract the bacteria through contact with infected soil. The disease is most commonly found in pen-raised deer around feeders. Foot rot in wild deer and elk occurs only occasionally and is probably the result of hoof wounds or some other issue that compromises the immune system. Hoof rot has been identified in wild elk in western Washington....