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NY seeking information about sick or dead deer

From New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation

-- Residents of New York are being asked to report sighting deer that appear sick or are acting abnormally. This includes only deer that appear to have died from unknown causes and not those that were killed by a vehicle.

Residents are asked to report the animal to the nearest DEC regional office, to an environmental conservation officer or forest ranger.

"One of the ways that DEC monitors the health of New Yorkís deer herd is by performing post- mortem examinations to determine the cause of the illness or death,"  according to Kathleen Moser, assistant commissioner for natural resources. "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 the Department is seeking additional information to determine the prevalence of the disease in the deer herd.

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 the investigation, DEC would also like to examine any deer that are found dead from unknown causes.

Residents should not handle or consume meat from any deer that appears or appeared sick or acting abnormally. To make a report, contact the nearest DEC office see. Find one online at www.dec.ny.gov/about/50230.html.

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