The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has confirmed that epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) is responsible for the deaths of a number of white-tailed deer and antelope in the Sheridan region this fall. Sheridan Senior Wildlife Biologist Tim Thomas said that conditions have been ideal for an outbreak of the disease as scattered white-tailed deer deaths have been reported from Kaycee to Sheridan and an antelope near Wright also tested positive for the disease.
Thomas added that Gnats found near water sources spread the virus and that the warm temperatures have contributed to deer seeking out those water sources. The G&F expects white-tailed deer moralities to continue until several days after a hard frost. The last major outbreak of the disease in the Sheridan region was in 2006. Thomas said that hunters shouldn't be concerned about health risks associated with EHD from harvested deer or antelope, as the virus doesn't affect humans or most other wildlife.