DNR today released a report on Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, which is being blamed for a deline in the state's deer herd and, as a result, the 2013 deer harvest.
According to the report by Doug Dufford, DNR's wildlife disease and invasive species program manager, the agecny received 318 reports from concerned landowners and hunters totaling 1,220 dead deer from 63 counties this year.
Last year, DNR received reports of 2,968 dead deer from 87 counties.
The disease was most prevalent this year in the western half of the state, from approximately St. Louis north to the Wisconsin state line. Heaviest hit counties included Fulton (197 cases), Jo Daviess (126), Woodford (91), Adams (88), and LaSalle (75).
EHD is often confused with bluetongue, a similar disease that can affect sheep and cattle.