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Will the increase of deer populations make Vermont an EHD zone?

By Hunter LeFevre

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), a viral disease which is transported by a midge, is often fatal in the deer family. Once a deer is infected it will start getting flu like symptoms, and that will make the deer go to water, where most of the dead deer are found because they are trying to cool off. Since Vermont is a Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) zone the chance of becoming a EHD zone is increased.

 

To make sure that the deer herds have the best chance of not getting EHD, we will need to make sure that if we are transporting deer into Vermont, we make sure that the fences are secure so the deer don’t get out. We will also have try to keep the deer population down through hunting,

“ The best and only practical means of regulating deer populations is through properly managed sport hunting”, said Dr. Grant Woods from Growing Deer. TV.



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