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Associated Press, Published August 31 2011

Disease might be responsible for ND deer deaths

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a disease that kills white-tailed deer might be present in western North Dakota.

The state has not had significant deer deaths from the disease known as EHD since 2005, but biologists believe the disease that's spread by midges might be responsible for recent deer deaths in McKenzie, Hettinger, Slope and Golden Valley counties.

Game and Fish Department wildlife veterinarian Dan Grove says EHD occurs periodically. He says sometimes incidents are isolated but other times cases become widespread.

Game and Fish is urging deer bow hunters and elk hunters in the field in early September to report any dead deer they see.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.