Title: Hemorrhagic Disease Outbreak Claims Lives of Dozens of Deer in Northwestern Pennsylvania
In a recent development, an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease in northwestern Pennsylvania has led to the deaths of 30 to 40 deer. The unfortunate discovery was made during the week of September 8th near State Game Lands 214 in North Shenango and Sadsbury townships, located in Crawford County.
Hemorrhagic disease is caused by viruses transmitted through biting midges, which are insects commonly found during the late fall. While both elk and deer in Pennsylvania are susceptible to infection, white-tailed deer are particularly vulnerable. Similar outbreaks have been reported in the state in recent years.
Efforts to combat the disease have been underway as the Pennsylvania Game Commission takes charge in monitoring the situation. The commission aims to track different viral strains and evaluate the potential impact on the deer population.
Fortunately, the disease has not produced any significant negative effects on the deer population thus far. Local populations have shown resilience, quickly recovering following outbreaks. As such, the game commission assures the public that hemorrhagic disease poses no danger to humans or their pets.
Despite this reassurance, it is important for individuals to exercise caution when observing wildlife and refrain from handling wild animals unless authorized. The public is encouraged to maintain a safe distance and report cases of two or more dead deer found in the same area simultaneously. Reports can be made by contacting the game commission directly or by utilizing the Wildlife Health Survey tool provided.
With ongoing monitoring and public engagement, the Pennsylvania Game Commission aims to better manage outbreaks and protect the state’s wildlife. Female Arts remains committed to providing updates on important environmental issues affecting our ecosystem.
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