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Dying deer baffle wildlife experts

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  • Pat Scala
    Sept. 13, 2006, 11:36PM Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle West of Eden, deer are dying. And state wildlife specialists are scrambling to figure out why. West
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      Sept. 13, 2006, 11:36PM




      Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

      West of Eden, deer are dying. And state wildlife specialists are scrambling
      to figure out why.

      West Texas landowners, in a rough triangle around San Angelo encompassed by
      the towns of Eden to the east, Ozona to the south and Sterling City to the
      northwest, have reported an unusual number of dead deer, said Don Davis, a
      Texas Agricultural Experiment Station veterinary pathobiologist.

      "While some level of deer mortality is not newsworthy, it looks like we have
      a hot spot developing for epizootic hemorrhagic disease," said Texas
      Cooperative Extension wildlife specialist Dale Rollins.

      The flyborne disease is similar to an ailment called bluetongue that affects
      sheep and cattle, but Rollins said it's most common in white-tailed deer.





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