Thursday, November 10, 2011

Five deer found dead near Colfax home, California - 10th Nov 2011

A Colfax-resident reported five dead deer near her home since mid-September, and suspects they may have died from a common virus.

Fish and Game officials have yet to inspect the deer carcasses. One veterinarian suggested a virus could be one possible cause of death.

Kathleen Smith said the deer all have the same pinkish colored foam oozing from their mouths or nostrils. None of these deer appeared to have any other trauma or wounds, according to Smith. As an animal lover, she said she is afraid more deer could lose their lives.

“The one I found most recently, on her nose it was like somebody took this foam and put this pink shaving cream. Is somebody poisoning them, or is this a deer disease?” Smith said.

Over the six or seven years that she has lived at her home, Smith said she has never found so many dead deer. One was below her deck, while another was right off of her front step.

“I’ve lived here six or seven years and I have never seen this many die so close together. It makes me sad and it makes me concerned because could something transfer to livestock?” Smith said. “It’s been bothering me terribly.”

Smith said she originally called animal control, but later learned the Californian Department of Fish and Game is responsible for investigating the deaths of wild animals. Read More