Pennsylvania Game News - August 2018 - 2

EHD &
TRACKING OUTBREAKS AND

"For every dead deer that I examined, there were probably three or four
more nearby," Beaver County Game
Warden Michael Yeck said, recalling
the summer of 2017, when epizootic
hemorrhagic disease again turned up in
Pennsylvania. "The stench of death was
everywhere you went. It was crazy."
While EHD outbreaks were documented in Pennsylvania in just four of the
last 16 years heading into this summer,
and deer in only a handful of counties
have been affected by the virus in outbreak years, the noticeable toll it takes,
where it hits, is impossible to ignore.
Transmitted by midges, EHD was
documented in 2017 in Allegheny,
Beaver, Butler, Chester, Clearfield,
Crawford, Lawrence, Mercer and

Washington counties.
Yeck said he and fellow Beaver
County Game Warden Matthew Kramer
estimate 1,500 to 2,000 whitetails died
in Beaver County alone. But estimating the disease's impacts is difficult
because deer must be tested for EHD
shortly after their death - often in about
24 hours - or the disease can't be confirmed as the cause.
To put testing results and documented deer mortalities in perspective, of the at least hundreds of deer
estimated to have been lost to EHD,
the Game Commission acquired only
42 samples from deer, 19 of which
tested positive.
Getting samples is a challenge
because the deer with EHD die quickly

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