A deadly outbreak of a disease that possibly killed 350 white-tailed deer in Wisconsin is over, the DNR says.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said on Tuesday that the epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) outbreak has run its course, thanks to hard frosts killing off the bugs that spread the disease.
The highest numbers of deer killed by EHD in the state were in Dane and Columbia counties, with confirmed cases also reported in Waukesha, Iowa, Rock, Sauk, Jefferson and Marquette counties.
"Though the outbreak is over, the DNR still wants to hear from people who identify groups of dead deer on the landscape," said DNR Wildlife Supervisor Eric Lobner in a news release.
"We will continue to assess the impacts (of EHD) and adjust management strategies if determined necessary going into next year," Lobner said.
The last outbreak of EHD in Wisconsin was in 2002 when 14 deer died from the virus in Iowa County.
This year, the outbreak was all across the Midwest, including Michigan, Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.
The disease, spread by tiny flies, is fatal to deer but can't be transmitted to humans.