A disease spread by insects has killed a wild deer near Caledonia in Houston County of southeastern Minnesota and is suspected in the death of another deer nearby. The MN DNR said Monday that Houston County is the second county in Minnesota where wild deer have contracted epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD. The viral disease was confirmed earlier this month in four wild deer near St. Stephen in Stearns County. Additional deer in a three-square mile area in that county are suspected to have died from the virus. EHD is spread by a biting insect called a midge, or no-seeum. It’s not considered a threat to humans, but kills deer quickly. People who find multiple dead deer should report them to the nearest DNR area wildlife office.
To see the news release from the MN DNR, click here.