- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Wildlife officials in South Dakota are asking landowners and hunters to report to the state any sightings of sick or a cluster of dead deer.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department says it has documented the first deer mortality of the year caused by epizootic hemorrhagic disease, also known as EHD. The disease, which is spread by a biting midge, is common in white-tailed deer.

Officials say reports from landowners and hunters help wildlife managers monitor deer populations. EHD-caused losses have previously forced officials to reduce the number of deer hunting licenses in some units.

Many deer show no signs of the disease and appear perfectly healthy, while others may have symptoms such as respiratory distress, fever and swelling of the tongue.

EHD is not infectious to humans.

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