A little side track… please indulge me.
On the way home from our Girl Scout staff reunion, I spotted this poor mule deer. Well, he crossed the road right in front of me, so he was hard to miss! I thought at first that he was covered in burdock… but that wasn’t the case.
He seems to be covered in warts. They circled his neck, and were scattered along his body. The flies seemed to be harassing him as well. He walked away, constantly shaking his head.
He would rub his face in the dirt as well.
When I arrived home, I contacted the game warden’s wife… and she passed along the sad news to her husband. I felt very sorry for this young guy… but if this is a viral thing, I also don’t want him sharing with other deer.
I haven’t heard if they’ve found him… but I hope so. It looks like he’s had a miserable life for quite a while.