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Two white-tailed deer forage in Pennsylvania's Wyomissing Parklands.

Researcher finds ‘stunning’ rate of COVID among deer. Here’s what it means for humans

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Between October and December of last year, researchers swabbed the noses of 93 dead deer from across Pennsylvania. Nearly a fifth of the animals tested positive for COVID. This is one result from a new pair of soon-to-be-published studies with the latest evidence for COVID spillover from humans into wild white-tailed… Read More

A white-tailed deer stands in a wooded area

Scientists discover shockingly high rates of COVID infections among white-tailed deer

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Scientists have recently discovered what they are calling a silent outbreak of coronavirus among white-tailed deer. PBS NewsHour’s William Brangham reports about how one of the most ubiquitous species in North America contracted COVID, and what that means for the future of the pandemic.

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Hunters Harvest More Than 184,000 Deer in 2019-2020 Season

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials with the state’s Department of Natural Resources say hunters have harvested a total of more than 184,000 white-tailed deer in Ohio’s 2019-2020 season. Officials with the department’s Division of Wildlife say the season began Sept. 28 and ended Feb. 2. The total of 184,465 represented all deer taken during the… Read More

A white-tailed deer stands in a wooded area

Ohio Officials Warn Drivers to be Alert for Deer

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – State authorities are reminding drivers in Ohio that November is peak season for vehicle-deer collisions. Officials say there were nearly 3,800 collisions last November on state roadways. They urge drivers to be alert for deer bolting across roads, especially at dawn and dusk. State Highway Patrol Superintendent Richard Fambro advises drivers… Read More

A white-tailed deer stands in a wooded area

Kentucky Officials Fight to Keep Out Fatal Deer Disease

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife is increasing efforts to prevent the spread of a disease that afflicts deer and elk herds. The agency is asking for help from hunters in preventing chronic wasting disease from crossing into the state as the fall season begins. The neurological disease kills deer,… Read More

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Deadly Virus Detected in West Virginia White-Tailed Deer

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Wildlife officials say a deadly virus has been detected in white-tailed deer in southern West Virginia. The state Division of Natural Resources says in a news release that the deer were found dead in Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties. It says a lab confirmed the presence of epizootic hemorrhagic disease… Read More