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/
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