Seasonal Diseases Leads To Deer Deaths In Kansas

By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher
By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher
Deer herds are a little thinner in a couple Kansas counties because of a seasonal virus that might be worse than normal because of the summer

This undated photo provided by the Center of Natural Sciences in Prato, Italy, Wednesday, June 11, 2008, shows a deer with a single horn in the center of its head. The one-year-old Roe Deer - nicknamed "Unicorn'' - was born in captivity in the research center's park in the Tuscan town of Prato, near Florence, Gilberto Tozzi, director of the Center of Natural Sciences, said. He is believed to have been born with a genetic flaw; his twin has two horns. (AP Photo/Center of Natural Sciences, ho) ** EDITORIAL USE ONLY **

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Deer herds are a little thinner in a couple Kansas counties because of a seasonal virus that might be worse than normal because of the summer's drought.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports dozens of dead deer have been found near lakes and ponds in Douglas and Franklin counties. A spokesman for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism says about 400 deer deaths from epizootic hemorrhagic disease have been reported.

Wildlife and disease coordinator Shane Hesting says the disease has affected only a small portion of a total deer population that exceeds half a million.

Hesting says this year's death toll was higher than normal because of receding waters in lakes and ponds that exposed more mud, which is breeding ground for tiny flies that carry the disease.


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