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Disease Is Killing Deer

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

It's already killed more than 1,000 deer nationwide, now it's in eastern Kentucky.

They call it blue tongue, but it's a dangerous virus killing deer here in eastern Kentucky.

WYMT’s Dara Rees went to an eastern Kentucky park in Perry County and talked to officials about how you can do your part to keep it from spreading even more.

Deer all over Kentucky have fallen ill to hemorrhagic disease and many of them are right here in Perry County.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials say this is the worst case of the disease in 30 years.

All through Perry County, dozens of deer are turning up dead.

“On the lake just reports, of about 20-some deer that have been found,” Jason Eversole said.

One man found a dead deer near his home and knew it was from the hemorrhagic disease.

“I looked up on the bank and there was something laying there and it was covered with maggots,” Dustin Howard said.

Most of the diseased deer have been found near lakes and creeks in search of water.

“One guy told me he found 21, my cousin said he saw 5, they found 4 in hollow right there,” Howard said.

As of right now, most hunters are afraid to hunt for the infected deer.

Fish and Wildlife say that the disease can not be passed to humans, but urges hunters to avoid deer with the hemorrhagic disease because of other infections the deer may possibly have.

Officials say the first good frost of the season could kill the virus.


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