MORRISON, Colo. (SOCO) — A deer is causing concern for residents after being seen with growths covering its body, but according to Colorado Park and Wildlife (CPW), all is well.
Yet despite the deer’s appearance, all is well, according to the CPW, which investigated to make sure the animal was unharmed after receiving several calls from members of the community.
In a Facebook post, CPW described the deer’s growths as warts that are cutaneous fibromas caused by a virus. Although unsightly, the warts are not serious.
“The deer is walking around fine, eating fresh green-up and acting like a deer,” CPW wrote. “We are letting the deer be for now and will continue to monitor it.”
According to CPW, most fibromas eventually regress and heal completely. Once the growths are healed, the deer has lifelong resistance to future infections by this virus.
Deer fibromas, often called deer warts by hunters, can last for weeks to months, the CPW said, adding that young deer are more susceptible than older ones.
According to the CPW, the virus may be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, by using the same scratching posts or even by biting insects.
Though the growths don’t interfere with normal deer behavior in most cases, the CPW said, very large ones can interfere with limb movement or can obstruct vision if they appear around the eyes.