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Insect-Borne Disease Killing Del. Deer


GEORGETOWN,  Del.- Epizootic hemorrhagic disease has killed around 130 white-tailed deer in Delaware since the outbreak started nearly six weeks ago, according to state officials.

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife officials told WBOC reports of dead and sick deer continue to trickle in further from the epicenter of this outbreak, which was near Georgetown and Milton. The Forest Service said 74 dead deer were found at Redden State Forest, though rangers say the death toll at the forest could easily be twice that number.

State officials continue to ask the public, particularly hunters and farmers, to report any dead deer.

"The public is our eyes out in the field and we would like to know when, where and how many deaths are occurring to help us with our management decisions," said Joe Rogerson, a game mammal biologist with the Division of Fish and Wildlife.

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