Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


White-Tailed Deer

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

CWD damages the brains of infected animals, causing extreme weight loss, abnormal behaviors, and death. 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

White-tailed deer tend to develop brain abscesses after head injuries. The changes in behavior and extreme weight loss that can occur with brain abscesses in white-tailed deer may look like chronic wasting disease (CWD).

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.

FWC Facts:
Florida panthers eat deer, not people. Panthers are shy and avoid people. No panther has ever attacked a person.

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