Hundreds of dead deer from virus in local counties
Bill Williams reports for Columbia-Greene Media that Greene County says 110 deer have died of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in recent weeks, and Columbia County reports 183 dead deer. Dutchess County has reported 312 dead deer, and Ulster County has 505 recent cases. The Department of Environmental Conservation reports the total number of deceased deer cases under investigation in upstate New York was 1,521 on Oct. 6, up from 700 on Sept. 16. Often, infected deer seek out water, and many die beside ponds and streams. The deer do not pass the virus to humans or other animals, and their is no treatment or cure now. The deer contract the disease from bites from midges. The EHD virus was first noticed in New York in 2007 with small outbreaks in Albany, Rensselaer, and Niagara counties. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.