How to Recognize 5 Common, Lethal Deer Diseases

Like any other animal, deer are susceptible to a host of contagious diseases, illnesses, and nasty parasites. Even though most deer illnesses are harmless to humans, it is still important to be educated about them.  The following link includes several educational videos that explain various disease and health issues.  I have recently seen mange and hair loss in highly urbanized deer in Montgomery County and the District of Columbia.

On a related topic, check out the following article on a deer’s sense of smell.  The truth is the buck will follow the scent the correct direction because he knows how long the scent has been there. The age of the scent is a totally different concept than the strength of the scent.

Ever wonder what happens after a deer that dies in the wild?  Like all other animals, a deer that dies from natural causes will end up a buffet for scavengers.  In the video embedded below it shows that even the “lifespan” of a deer carcass can be eventful.

Fall may be the harbinger of death for wildlife — and not just because of hunting season.  The number of motor vehicle collisions with wild animals peaks during the fall months, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation report.  “There’s a lot of animal movement this time of year,” said Paul Wagner a transportation biologist for the State Department of Transportation.   For many species, such as deer, fall is the time for finding mates and evading hunters.