New York State Officers Wanting Into Lethal Illness That Might Have an effect on White-Tailed Deer – CBS New York

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is now asking bowhunters to keep an eye out for white-tailed deer.

The state is investigating a deadly disease affecting domestic and wild ungulates.

“There are some areas in Orange County, Putnam County, and Westchester Counties where we are losing a lot of deer. The last count I heard was just over 1,200 deer in that region. There may be fewer deer available for hunters in some areas this year, ”said Kevin Hynes, director of the DEC State’s Wildlife Health Program.

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Reports from hunters are helping state officials track the spread of the disease.

The DEC says humans cannot get the disease, but hunters should not treat or eat deer that appear to be sick or act strange.

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