This year’s outbreak of EHD comes right on the doorstep of the statewide bow season opener for deer on Sept. 24.
Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease
The worst year for the disease in Illinois was 2012, when 2,968 cases were reported from 87 counties. In 2013, the IDNR received reports of 1,224 cases from 64 counties. EHD was virtually absent in 2014 and at low levels in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Six of seven animals in a small herd of captive white-tailed deer in Goodhue County died of the disease earlier this month.
55 EHD-reported cases from 17 counties so far in 2018.
According to the DNR, 66 reports of EHD were received from landowners and hunters totaling 169 deer in 32 counties. By comparison, in 2012, the worst year for EHD in Illinois, a total of 2,968 dead deer were reported in 87 counties.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife fielded 1,822 individual reports and documented 4,586 suspected EHD cases through phone calls and an online reporting system, but Kentucky’s deer seasons are continuing as scheduled this year.
No cases of EHD were confirmed in the state in either 2014 or 2015, and minimal cases were reported in 2016.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlife is asking those who are out in the fields and woods of New Jersey at this time of year to be alert for deer that may be affected by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and to report any suspected cases to the Division. Hemorrhagic Disease (HD) is a common…
EHD was recently confirmed by laboratory analysis in a white-tailed deer in eastern Harding County and a white-tailed deer in western Butte County.
Likely cause is Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease. A severe outbreak of the disease occurred in the state in 2007, too.