According to the Associated Press, epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) has killed 90 percent of the white-tail deer along a 100 miles stretch in northeastern Montana. Other outbreaks were recorded in the Northern Plains states of North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota and Kansas.
The outbreak lead to a reduction in the number of white-tail hunting tags available in Montana, and a refund for tags already sold in North Dakota.
A wet spring and summer, plus a warm autumn meant that the biting midges that spread the disease were particularly numerous in the region this year.
The silver lining, the article says, is that streamside cottonwood groves may be able to rebound while the white-tail deer population is in decline.
Photo: A biting midge, courtesy of USDA