Dozens of Deer Dying in Montana’s Milk River Valley

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Since the beginning of August dozens of white-tail deer have been found dead or dying in Montana's northeastern Milk River Valley. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say they don’t know what’s caused the deaths, but they suspect it may be epi-zootic hemorrhagic disease. This disease affects white-tail deer.

Samples were sent in to the state lab but results will not be available until next week sometime. FWP is asking for help in tracking the disease, asking residents to call the FWP office in Glasgow at 406-228-3700 if they see a deer with the symptoms. The symptoms are hemorrhaging, fever, and an urge to be near fresh water to cool down. From


Ca_Vermonster's picture

Well, I have said this

Well, I have said this before, all we seem to hear about these days is CWD, but Blue tongue and hemmoragic disease scare me more.  If that catches hold of a local population, it spreads like wildfire. 

Sorry to see that happening in Montana now. I remember watching a hunting show a couple of years ago where the host came across a deer suspected of having that disease.  It was on the river bank, as the article says, where it tried to get to the water.  It was very weak, sort of flopping around.  I believe the guy shot it and called the wardens to investigate.

Very scary stuff.  Hopefully it will subside and not spread out of that area.

hunter25's picture

It's truly sad too see when

It's truly sad too see when diseases such as this one show up. It seems like our game herds are being cinstantly asailed this past year by the weather and many other things such as this. I know the Montana winter was pretty severe last year and I wonder if there is any connection when a uncommon disease shows up shortly after? I know there were some questions about blue tongue earlier in the year about the Dakotas, I believe this is the same disease if I'm not mistaken but at the time no one seemed to know much about it other than to say it was not usually fatal. According to this that is not the case at all.

Hopefully they can get it figured out before it spreads to other places such as CWD has done and begin to take away even more hunting opportunities.