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Hello,

My name is Sean, I live on the eastern end of Long Island,NY. I'm not a hunter ( I fish), but we sure have a lot of Whitetail in the neighborhood. Today, this doe was in my yard and I noticed she has a pretty good sized red lump on her shoulder, can anyone tell from the pic if this looks like any type of a disease i should be worried about, or does it look more like an injury? I haven't seen anything like it before .

Here's a couple other pics of two bucks from early this morning, as you can see, they have really lost any inhibitions as far as being out in the open around people, the population is really out of control here.

I guess this one is called "piebold" is that correct?

And this picture came out blurry, it kind of dark to get a good pic from the distance I was at, but thses two bucks, go everywhere together, i thought by now they would be in rut and competeing???

Anyway, thanks for looking and for any thoughts or coments.

Sean

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Ridley, Welcome to BGH Big smile Those are friendly deer you got there Yes
IMO the doe was injured somehow, other than that spot she looks pretty healthy. Piebold is correct, Albino would be no pigmentation anywhere. That last picture shows a great buck. Hope you enjoy the site Thumbs up

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Thanks redrider, I was just curious about the wound, as much as I hate what the deer are doing to the vegatation here, I wouldn't want to see a disease running uncheck either.

As for the big buck, he is an incredible beast, he's been a regular visitor for a few years, he's very bold and I'm surprised he has not been hit by a car yet.

Here's a pic of him ealrier when he was just getting his new growth

And here's two fawns from about a week ago, their mother got "culled" by a car a few weeks ago, but they seem to have hooked up with a couple other does now.

My yard is only about 1.5 acres and there's routinely 4-6 deer out there at any given time and unfortunately there is not enough open land for them to be harvested.

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That doe looks pretty healthy to me too. I would guess some sort of injury too but I also think that if the herd continues to go unchecked (no hunting) then disease will take its course sooner or later if the food supply doesn't crash first.
I did see a study on deer in the great swamp refuge in NJ where there was no hunting allowed and the deer did come down with a disease that produced "tumors" on the body similar to the one in the picture. I'll see if I can find a picture of one of the deer from there.

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Well after spending a little bit looking for a picture of the disease all I could find was Animal Rights groups protesting the hunt!!! Not one picture of the problem and the reason why the hunt was called for in the first place.

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hunter777 wrote:
Well after spending a little bit looking for a picture of the disease all I could find was Animal Rights groups protesting the hunt!!! Not one picture of the problem and the reason why the hunt was called for in the first place.

This is exactly why I wanted to ask here cool I'm interested in their health, but I don't want to have tea with them and give them a hug.

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I'll bet there is a deer biologist for long island (or at least for NY) if you were to e mail that person a copy, I'll bet they would have a better handle on why that happend.

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http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/wildlife/

That link is for the NY bureau of wildlife. Good luck.