When driving the roads of Ionia County in Michigan this year, you will notice one major difference between this fall versus fall seasons of past years. Where are the deer? Unfortunately, a disease called EHD Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease has been eliminating the white tail deer populations at alarming rates. EHD is caused by a Midge, or a type of biting fly, and results in extensive internal bleeding, usually resulting in death of the animal near a body of water. Causes are contributed by the extra long, and dry seasons we had this year. The last large spell of EHD was recorded in Michigan between 1955 and 1974, but has been around in different areas of the country consistently since 2006. There are not any known treatments or cures for the disease, and research has shown it does not effect humans. As a landowner, you are responsible for disposing of the carcasses. Typical protocol is to bury the carcasses at an appropriate depth, or dispose them at a landfill. Disease spreading is not caused from the natural deterioration of the carcasses. Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel has many parcels available in areas that have not been affected by the disease, contact us for information on our vacant land listings!
EHD killing deer in Ionia County
- September 28, 2012