By Ted Pennekamp
The hot, dry weather of June, July and August has once again led to an outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in Iowa. This year’s outbreak isn’t as bad as last year’s, but, somewhat surprisingly, EHD-infected whitetail deer have been found further north than usual.
In fact, there have been 25 dead whitetail deer reported in Clayton County, the vast majority of which have been in the McGregor—Marquette area.
Iowa DNR deer, forest and wildlife biologist Tom Litchfield said the number 25 is probably somewhat low because it is unlikely that all dead deer have been found or reported.
Litchfield noted that because of the drought of 2012, there were approximately 3,000 EHD-infected dead deer reported statewide in Iowa that year. So far in 2013, there have been 550 dead deer reported statewide.
“2012 was the number one year for EHD-infected deer in Iowa and 2013 is the number two year all time,” said Litchfield, who noted that, prior to the last two years, the last significant outbreak of EHD was in 1998 with 457 dead deer reported statewide.