Title:  Herd health aspects of the Everglades deer mortality-situation.
Author(s): Couvillion, C. E.
Year: 1983
Abstract: During summer 1982, Everglades Conservation Area 3A (ECA3A), Broward County, Florida, underwent a 95 percent reduction in available deer habitat due to flooding. A controversial emergency deer hunt was conducted on the southern portion of the ECA3A, but the northern portion was not hunted. Deer herd health assessments were made on both the hunted and unhunted deer populations at the request of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. On July 29, 1982, necropsy of 10 adult deer and five fawns obtained from north ECA3A revealed that deer were in poor to fair physical condition and had mild to moderate anemia. Large stomach worms, liver flukes, and lungworms were present in significant numbers. Foot abscesses were noted in 60 percent of deer examined. A second necropsy session was held on September 2, where 20 adult deer were taken from north ECA3A and 5 adult deer were collected from south ECA3A. In comparison with the July 29 sample, deer taken in September from north ECA3A showed slightly improved physical condition, higher hemoglobin and hematocrit values, and lower parasite burdens. Only 20 percent of the deer had foot abscesses. However, the 5 deer taken from the hunted south ECA3A were in fair to good condition, had normal blood values, and foot abscesses were not noted. Large stomach worm burdens were lower and liver flukes were absent in the deer from the southern portion. Also, lungworms were found in only 1 animal on south ECA3A.

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