Virus blamed for dead Ore. deer

FILE- This July 13, 2008 file photo shows a Sitka Blacktail deer and her two fawns pause along the Mitkof Highway on Mitkof Island near Petersburg, Alaska. (AP Photo/Klas Stolpe)
FILE- This July 13, 2008 file photo shows a Sitka Blacktail deer and her two fawns pause along the Mitkof Highway on Mitkof Island near Petersburg, Alaska. (AP Photo/Klas Stolpe)

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials say blacktailed deer are being found dead in several rural communities in southern Oregon’s Jackson County.

Officials say this is likely a new outbreak of the naturally occurring adenovirus that killed hundreds of area deer more than a decade ago.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports that biologists on Tuesday learned of their first confirmed case of the adenovirus.

Several reports of similar deaths have come recently in Jacksonville, Eagle Point and elsewhere.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the deaths are occurring at a rate not seen since 2002, when more than 1,000 blacktails died.

Wildlife biologist Mark Vargas says outbreaks tend to happen during hot, dry months. The virus is also associated with people leaving food and water for animals, which causes unnatural congregations of blacktails and other animals.

Humans and pets aren’t considered at risk.

___

Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s