Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Exotic Louse Killing Deer

(Cheyenne, Wyoming) A nonnative species of lice is killing adult deer and fawns in some Western states.
An exotic louse found on deer in Europe and the Middle East has been found on an adult mule deer in the Saratoga area. The deer was killed and studied by game managers in early April. The deer had severe hair loss, skin inflammation and heavy infestation of chewing lice.

Game and Fish spokesman Bob Lanka says the exotic lice has been found in only a few other states. Lanka says it's normal for native deer to have lice but there's concern about this foreign lice showing up over here.
Sick wildlife should be reported.

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