Drought Blamed For Nebraska Deer Disease Deaths
LINCOLN, NE - Nebraska's continuing drought is to blame for a big jump in the number of deer killed by a disease. The Lincoln Journal Star reports nearly 6,000 carcasses of deer believed killed by epizootic hemorrhagic disease were reported to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission so far this year. Last year fewer than 10 were reported.
The 2012 toll is said to be the most severe outbreak of the disease since the 1970s.
Scott Taylor, wildlife division manager with Game and Parks, says habitat conditions created by the drought present opportunities for tiny insects called midges to bite deer.
The fall freezes have killed most of the insects.