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2007, noted weather and timing have
varied in different outbreak years.
It was hot and dry in 2007 and 2012,
but last year's outbreak started in midJuly - about a month earlier than the
previous outbreaks - and the weather
was only moderately warm, and wetter,
he said.
With only a tail to swat flies, deer
have a limited defense against biting
insects. And when whitetails are
coerced by weather to visit prime midge
habitat when the insect's seasonal activity is peaking and the disease is present,
it doesn't bode well for them.
Some midges prefer warm, murky
shallows with a mucky shoreline
exposed to direct sunlight, according to
Ed Schmidtmann, a retired researcher
with the Arthropod-Borne Animal
Diseases Research Unit in the U.S.
Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.
If the banks are disturbed regularly,
all the better for midges. It'll keep
vegetation down and make great midge
habitat.
Sadly, deer also are drawn to such
backwaters and shallow woodsy ponds,
to eat succulent vegetation, drink and
cool off.
AUGUST 2018

CWD and EHD
Over the past several years, most Pennsylvanians generally have become familiar
with chronic wasting disease, which is present in parts of the state and always is fatal
to the deer and elk it infects.
In years when EHD appears in Pennsylvania, causing noticeable deer kills, some
mistakenly conclude the deer are dying
from CWD.
CWD and EHD are much different.
Unlike EHD, CWD isn't associated with
sudden, massive deer mortality. CWD kills
deer slowly. In fact, CWD-positive deer
might live with infections for months or
years without exhibiting signs of sickness.
As CWD-positive deer enter advanced
stages of the disease, they begin to exhibit
symptoms including droopy ears, poor
posture, weight loss, excessive drinking,
urination and drooling. Some animals lose
their fear of humans.
Any deer exhibiting these symptoms,
or any deer with an ear tag that might
be an escaped captive animal, should be
reported to a Game Commission region
office.
Hunters within the state's Disease
Management Areas can reduce the risk of
spreading CWD to new areas by adhering
to the law that requires deer parts with
the highest risk of transmitting CWD be
properly disposed of within the DMA.
Eliminating the feeding of deer and
other activities that cause deer to congregate - which also are requirements within
DMAs - also can be considered.
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