By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large
A number of states have reported confirmed cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in whitetail deer in 2017. In some states, hunters are being asked to keep an eye out for dead deer to help agencies monitor the disease.
EHD is a viral disease spread by biting flies (midges or gnats). Though livestock can be exposed to the disease, it's rare that they exhibit symptoms. As the name indicates, EHD causes hemorrhaging in deer, which run a fever and look to be lethargic when encountered in the field. For some reason (probably differential behavior), EHD affects mature bucks more often than does, and dead or dying bucks are often found near or in water. EHD is often mistaken for bluetongue, another viral disease with nearly identical symptoms. Only a laboratory test on fresh tissue can identify the disease.
In 2017, EHD has been confirmed or is suspected in Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey and Ohio. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources is also asking hunters to be on the lookout....