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"Oddball" deer illness sparks probe

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State officials are investigating the death of a deer in the town of Thurman in Warren County that appears to have been infected with an uncommon bacteria. The animal was spotted in December by hunters, still alive but suffering from obvious distress. Last week, researchers who conducted a necropsy identified what appeared to be a bacteria infection.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

Steve Hearst with the Department of Environmental Conservation says they case was strange enough that scientists want the public to report any other cases of sick deer.

"We don't see this often, the presentation was unique. And that's why we've reached out to the public because we don't usually see deer in this kind of condition with a swollen head and neck,' Hearst said. "It had some drooling going on and some nasal discharge. So we said this one's kind of an interesting one, so we want to take a look at it and see if there are any more out there."

The deer was found in mid-December but the bacteria was only identified last week. The DEC says there is no danger to humans, though venison from sick animals should always be thrown away.

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