Thursday, January 12, 2012

DEC Seeks Information on Sick or Dead Deer

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public to report any instances of deer appearing sick or acting abnormally. DEC is only investigating deer that appear to have died from unknown causes and not those that were killed by a vehicle, the agency announced today.

Anyone who sees a white-tailed deer acting abnormally or who finds a dead deer that was not struck by a vehicle is asked to report the animal to the nearest DEC regional office or to an Environmental Conservation Officer or Forest Ranger.

“One of the ways that DEC monitors the health of New York’s deer herd is by performing post- mortem examinations to determine the cause of the illness or death,” said Assistant Commissioner for Natural Resources Kathleen Moser. “We depend on information provided by people who are outdoors to tell us when they see something that does not look right to them.”

Recently, DEC indentified an uncommon bacterial disease in a deer from Warren County. This bacterial disease does not affect humans. However, DEC is seeking additional information to determine the prevalence of this disease in the deer herd and is responding to reports of deer that are acting abnormally. Deer with this bacterial disease may have a swollen head, neck or brisket. They also may exhibit excessive drooling, nasal discharge or respiratory distress. To aid in this investigation, DEC would also like to examine any deer that are found dead from unknown causes.

People should not handle or eat any deer that appears sick or acts abnormally. Sightings of sick, dying or dead deer should be reported to the nearest DEC regional office or an Environmental Conservation Officer or Forest Ranger.

To locate your nearest DEC office, see

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3 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    Here is link to go to to see more information on this kind of thing. They have a EHD listed for cervids in the northern plains earlier this week. But again that should be over now.

  2. Paul says:

    Why not say what the “disease” is. It can’t be EHD (Blue Tounge) since that is spread by a mite that dies with the first freeze. I understand they had some cases in southern NY earlier this pat year. John is there more information? This is a very vague post and could scare some folks, especially farmers that worry about things that can spread to their animals.

  3. Paul says:

    My guess from an “undiagnosed” bacterial disease described in proMed is that it may be this one that has been seen in Michigan and other areas:

    This is weird but probably not a serious problem.

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