Deer Disease Hotline: Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)
CWD attacks the brains of infected animals, causing them to become emaciated, display abnormal behavior, and lose bodily functions. Deer Disease Hotline: (866) 293-9282.
Hunting and Food Safety
Anyone involved with the hunting, preparation or eating of wild game should be aware of diseases that can be acquired from these animals and their meat. Become familiar with food safety procedures that can help prevent infection at all stages of preparation, from field dressing to cooking and storage.
Brain abscesses are infected areas of the head, which can be cause abnormal antler growth. They are usually found near the antler pedicle of male white-tailed deer as a result of conflicts with other males.
Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease
Hemorrhagic disease is a suite of viruses that occur annually in white-tailed deer populations and can lead to internal hemorrhage, emaciation, hoof sloughing, lameness, and oral ulcers.
Cutaneous fibromas are wart-like, hairless blemishes found on white-tailed deer caused by a virus.
Arterial Worm/Food Impaction
Food impactions in white-tailed deer can be caused by arterial worms that cause facial paralysis and allow food to accumulate in the jaw area.
Nasal bots are larval bot flies found in the nasal passages of white-tailed deer.