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Unread 10-25-2013, 08:10 PM
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Vomiting deer???

Saw some weird deer behavior today. Some background:

About 10 days ago a doe was killed by a car on our street. Shortly afterward, I began seeing a lone fawn come onto my food plot. A few days later, she hooked up with a button buck and I see them together almost every time I am out.

Tonight when I was out, they both came in together as normal. After a few minutes, the fawn's tail started flailing all over. I mean really whipping around. Like you come back from a 2 week trip and pick your dog up from the kennel tail wag. Weird.

The tail never stopped, and the fawn starts heaving and puking over and over. The puke appeared to be clear and slimy (I didn't biopsy it, I was watching through the binos). She went on like this (a lot like a puking dog- wheeze wheeze wheeze puke) for at least 5 minutes, and was still wheezing when she walked off.

So - is this weird behavior indicative of some disease (tail wag retch syndrome? Is it common and not a problem? If the fawn is going to die, infect other deer, etc I'll mercy kill it. If it isn't a known set of symptoms for a disease, I'll let her go as she seems otherwise healthy and our recent winters have been mild.

Let me know if you've seen this before....
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    Re: Vomiting deer???

    weird. can't say I know what the problem is.
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    Unread 10-26-2013, 06:14 AM
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    Re: Vomiting deer???

    I'd contact your local Fwp biologist and see if they have seen any signs of this in the area.

    Never seen what your describing but that doesn't mean they don't do it. Let us know what you find out.

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    Unread 10-26-2013, 07:28 AM
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    Re: Vomiting deer???

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    I'd contact your local Fwp biologist and see if they have seen any signs of this in the area.
    Good idea! I emailed the DNR this morning and I'll let you know what they come back with.
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    Unread 10-26-2013, 09:31 AM
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    Where do you reside? It's not on your signature line. You mention DNR so I assume Michigan..

    I get a kick out of our term for legalized baiting.....'food plot'. Ain't no food plots in the woods unless planted by man....

    I just use the 2 gallon rule a few days prior to. Sweet feed is cheaper and quicker.....
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    Unread 10-26-2013, 11:28 AM
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    Re: Vomiting deer???

    It might be the initial sign of EHD.

    MIDNR has a form on their website for reporting sick deer.

    http://www.michigandnr.com/diseasedw..._obsreport.asp
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    Unread 10-26-2013, 10:33 PM
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    Re: Vomiting deer???

    We just had 100 head of elk die in about 1 sq. mile. Biologist looked for all sorts of reasons and lab work came up with a toxic algae bloom in the water they drank. So my guess is some sort of poisoning. Let the biologist decide if they can.
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