The whitetail deer and some other wildlife such as antelope and Possibly elk have died and are dying of a disease called Hemorrhagic disease. The disease is being brought on by a mite a small like insect that infest their drinking water. It can be found in small ponds and rivers and small lakes. Studies are still underway to try and find the cause of this strange minute killer that is bringing death to our wild deer and even cattle that are being raised by farmers and ranchers. This is not good news for any of us who like our wildlife. The good news is that deer herds are still plentiful and strong. But the bad news is that we still are facing a problem with Hemorrhagic Disease
This disease could be brought on by changing climate with warmer winters and hotter summers giving the small mite a better chance to survive and infest the waters. However killing the deer almost instantly is a problem that we need to understand in search for answers. The one thing we can all agree on is we do not want to see this. Sportsmen and nature lovers can both agree on that. We can be grateful that in many areas we have conservation management. Where we can at least try and put back into land regeneration and wildlife habitat by funds raised from sportsmen and women not only through sportsmen license but by individual groups such as whitetails unlimited and many others who put dollars into programs that help mange our wild places and wildlife.
Unlike uncontrolled conservation management such as the act with the Black Rhino that has been officially declared extinct, which is a far cry from our whitetail deer. But at least here in the Midwest and many other areas in our U.S. we try and control our wildlife problems. Here we have hunting and fishing not just to raise dollars to put back and to keep it going but help us with restoring wetlands and river cleanups our forest and much more which is good for our wild places and our wildlife. We may not always get it right but we always try to make a comeback to get it right. Here we try and crack down on poaching our wild game. In foreign country's where the problem is bad is usually because of support from a foreign Government that supports poaching even at a high risk to the poacher. That is supported by it's people for the dollars that they put the value on for ivory and other animal parts. It is actually stupid when you think about it. It is almost as bad as selling an ice cream bar to an ice fisherman. Why buy. It only has value because people put value on it. If that would stop so would the poaching. The one nice thing about hunting management is it works and is good for our wildlife. Here we conserve and hunt. It has worked for years and most likely will work for years to come. As a matter of fact. We have to conserve and hunt or our wildlife faces the challenge of going extinct much quicker than one can imagine. It is called habitat management.