After a herd of more than 100 elk were found dead last week in northeast New Mexico, officials searched for an explanation. The elk had not been shot, according to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, so poachers were not to blame.
Experts believe that epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, is the cause. EHD is not transmitted animal to animal, but rather it comes from insect bites and is often fatal causing animals to develop a fever and eventually go into shock and die.
This is not the only report of mass animal deaths in recent years. We’ve rounded up some of the weirdest and most mysterious reports from the last decade.
- In the fall of 2012, Nebraska Wildlife officials reported approximately 6,000 dead deer and the cause was determined to be epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD. EHD a viral disease that is usually transmitted through insect bites and presents with loss of appetite, weakness, rapid pulse, fever, unconsciousness and finally, death. This happens within an 8-36 hour span. Hunters usually come across deer carcasses after an epidemic of EHD.
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