Monty said:Wonder if this bacterial infection can be transmitted thru the interstate movement of deer?
yupBSK said:Monty said:Wonder if this bacterial infection can be transmitted thru the interstate movement of deer?
This is not a contageous disease. It is simply a bacterial infection bucks get from rubbing and fighting. Stress fractures in the cranium can allow the infection a pathway to the brain, which can be fatal. This is nothing more than you getting an infection in a cut on your hand--same type of deal.
But it is a major cause of buck mortality.
I don't see why it wouldn't be, the crack in the skull looked somewhat healed over and the antler was noticeably affected.BSK said:And I strongly suspect that buck's infection was ongoing while his antlers were growing, hence the non-typical antler.