Experts: Hundreds Of Mich. Deer Killed By Disease

By: AP
By: AP

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) -- A disease carried by insects is killing hundreds of Michigan deer.

Experts in western Michigan say at least 200 dead deer have been reported in Calhoun County, and another 250 have been seen in Branch County. The numbers probably are higher because not all deer are reported.

With more than a million deer in the state, the disease is not expected to significantly reduce the Michigan population. Nonetheless, dead deer are unsettling to people who find the carcasses.

Emmett Township police Lt. Tony Geigle tells the Battle Creek Enquirer that many deer have been seen along the Kalamazoo River. Sick deer die in or near water because they're trying to cool their overheated bodies.

Humans and other animals are not at risk.


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