ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — There are concerns about hemorrhagic disease (HD) spreading through Virginia’s whitetail deer population.
The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has taken what it calls several “reliable” reports of deer dying from the disease. Most of those deaths have been reported in the Piedmont region.
Deer that were infected with the disease are often found dead in ponds or lakes, or lying on cool, wet soil. The DWR reports that HD causes a high fever in deer, and that deer will seek out cool places in an effort to counter the fever.
If you find a deer that you think may be infected, the DWR says do not try to move it. Instead, call the DWR Wildlife Helpline at 855-571-9003 to report it and to get information on what steps to take.
HD presents no threat to humans, or to pets like cats or dogs.
The DWR says deer numbers should not be significantly affected by the outbreak.