Lice infestations hitting deer across California

June 12, 2013

State wildlife officials have linked an infestation of biting lice to the balding of deer across California.

deerResearchers have examined the hair from more than 600 deer and elk with symptoms ranging from a scruffy-looking coat to almost complete baldness, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday. The species of lice they discovered is normally found in Europe and Asia.

Researchers first became aware of the problem in 2009 when an almost completely hairless deer was found dead in Tuolumne County. Wildlife officials over a subsequent five-month period found 240 dead balding deer in the surrounding mountains.

Infested deer respond by biting and scratching, which researchers believe could be leading to the hair loss, Greg Gerstenberg, a senior wildlife biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, told the Chronicle.

Researchers believe the infestations could be linked to a larger number of deer deaths because infected animals are more likely to be attacked by coyotes and mountain lions because they spend so much time grooming, Gerstenberg said.

“While this theory is still under investigation, what we do know is that the louse has impacted migratory populations of California deer, which now have a low fawn survival rate, making it difficult to replenish the herd,” Gerstenberg said.

 


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8 Comments

  1. Pelican1 says:

    Teddy, Teddy, Teddy…your attempt at personifying Gene Scott just doesn’t cut it.. Scrap the Fedora and the cigar and go audition for America’s Got Talent….no doubt you’ll win.

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  2. Ted Slanders says:

    This is what happens when the deer, as animals of God, go against the commandments of God. There are gay animals, animals that kill each other for no reason, etc., therefore, they too are under the curse of God because of the fall of man. (Romans 8:19-22)

    It seems as though the deer at this time are really making God angry, therefore in the same manner as the Hebrew-Christian God giving boils, festering sores, and the itch, that cannot be cured, to a part of His creation for making Him angry, so be it at this time for the dear as well. Sad indeed.

    “The LORD will afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, festering sores and the itch, from which you cannot be cured.” (Deuteronomy 28:27)

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    • Black_Copter_Pilot says:

      Ted

      You truely are a nut case.

      Sincerely,

      BCP

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      • Ted Slanders says:

        BCP,

        When you call Brother Ted a nut case when I bring forth scriptures relative to the story, then you are calling the bible God a nut case as well because of said scriptures.

        I will pray for you tonight.

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        • Black_Copter_Pilot says:

          Ted

          I’ll take the prayers, TY, but you are still a nut case. Your dead wrong about the rest, more evidence of your mental health difficulty.

          BCP

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          • Ted Slanders says:

            BCP,

            I have this bible passage to fall back upon when your type try to refute me in vain, praise Jesus!

            “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)

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          • OnTheOtherHand says:

            BCP

            Teddy is a religion troll not a nutcase. He may not go away if you don’t feed him but his presence won’t be as persistent. Personally, I often get a chuckle out of the way he sucks people in with his posturing.

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      • r0y says:

        We get our money’s worth from him, that’s for sure.

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