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Blue Tongue Disease???

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This past weekend I noticed multiple deer limping like they had a hurt leg. After some research I found that blue tongue disease can also cause foot issues for the deer. Does anyone have some information on this? What is the the mortality rate for blue tongue disease? does every deer infected deer die from it or can they eventually heal? I'm wondering if putting them out of their misery would be better than letting them fight it out and risk death. If that is the case can you eat the meat from these deer? I'm mostly worried about the effect it will have on our population. Thanks for the help guys.
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Coyote damage???
Check for the hair on the deer to be ruffled - may have been attacked by coyotes. They usually attack the legs first to put the deer down, then go for the neck and kill.
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Blue Tongue
Deer only live about 2-3 days after contracting Blue Tongue disease, carried by mosquitoes. They get extremely thirsty when they contract it and go to water...you will find them dead laying in and around water if it's blue tongue.
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Bucktail?
I never heard that blue tongue is 100% fatal....
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almost 90%
Did some reading on google. Primary carrier is midges, flies, and mosquitos. 8-10 days is max life expectancy of deer. 100% fatal in sheep, and 90% fatal in whitetail deer. Seems to have no effect on mule deer though.
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Thats what I thought
Thats what I had heard, a few do make it through and the are very poor and their hooves are screwed up till they grow out, the horns also suffer as the major time of infection is often during antler development. From what I have read, they seem to recover fully from it by the next year.
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