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Unknown problem with sick deer!

I went by my friends house the other day to visit and check on the deer forcast for the upcoming shotgun season. Spoke to his grand-father, who actually owns the property. He is usually full of good information on the deer heard, but I was a little worried about what he had to tell me.

He said that they have found 6 dead deer laying around through out the property (close to 500 acres). I asked him what the cause of the deaths was, worried that it could be CWD. He said that he thinks it is "Blue Tongue" disease. There not been any reported case of CWD in the south and central part of IL to my knowledge, but it is still a concern. I asked him if he had contacted the DNR to have the deer checked, and he said no.

My questions from all of this is, How will this affect the hunting on the property? If I'm successful with a hunt, will the deer be safe to eat?

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Unknown problem with sick deer!

Well, I had to look that one up. He's a link worth reading,

http://www.addl.purdue.edu/newsletters/2002/spring/bluetongue.shtml

I'd be getting some expert advice on this and I definately would not be eating the liver.

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Unknown problem with sick deer!

Hammer1,

"Bluetongue virus replicates in both arthropod and mammalian host cells."

That was taken from the article that you showed me Hammer1. Do we as humans classify as mammalian host cells?

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I'd be asking that question to a vetenarian,doctor,scientist ,.anybody but ME, absolutely no idea. I only read the aticle too.

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People are mamals so I guess that our cells are mammalian.
Here is Websters definition:
Mammal; n.[ModL.Mammalia. LL.mammalis, of the breasts L. mamma: see mamma] any of a large class (Mammalia) of warm-blooded, usually hairy vertebrates whose offspring are fed with milk secreted by the female mammary glands--mammalian adj, n.

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