Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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White-Tailed Deer



Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

CWD attacks the brains of infected animals, causing them to become emaciated, display abnormal behavior, and lose bodily functions. Deer Disease Hotline: (866) 293-9282.

CWD Monitoring Program

Hunting and Food Safety

Anyone involved with the hunting, preparation or eating of wild game should be aware of diseases that can be acquired from these animals and their meat. Become familiar with food safety procedures that can help prevent infection at all stages of preparation, from field dressing to cooking and storage.

Brain Abscess

Brain abscesses are infected areas of the head, which can be cause abnormal antler growth. They are usually found near the antler pedicle of male white-tailed deer as a result of conflicts with other males.

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease

Hemorrhagic disease is a suite of viruses that occur annually in white-tailed deer populations and can lead to internal hemorrhage, emaciation, hoof sloughing, lameness, and oral ulcers.

Cutaneous Fibroma

Cutaneous fibromas are wart-like, hairless blemishes found on white-tailed deer caused by a virus.

Arterial Worm and Food Impaction

Food impactions in white-tailed deer can be caused by arterial worms that cause facial paralysis and allow food to accumulate in the jaw area.

Nasal Bots

Nasal bots are larval bot flies found in the nasal passages of white-tailed deer.



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